Observations of the Sun, the Moon, and Planets 2018

Conditions | Observation Overview | Remarks | References

It was not until 2018 that I began to observe the moon a little more in detail and to document my "more important" observations. On this page, I collect, somewhat unsystematically, my observations of the moon, the sun, and the planets from 2018, which might be of interest to other beginners and are therefore described here.

Note: Older observations are listed on the "Astronomy" overview page. The same applies to deep sky observations.

 

Observation Overview

Date Objects Observed Location Devices Used Eyepieces Used Remarks Further Remarks
Feb 22, 2018 Moon   Skymax-102/127 not documented Infinity 76
Skymax-102/127 with GR and 1:50 method for the moon
"Children telescope" tested once again

Photos

Feb 23, 2018 Moon   Skymax-102/127 24 mm, 32 mm Skymax-127 with Leica M at T-mount: Covering of Aldebaran; later also Ricoh GR 1:50 for the moon (Plato)
Skymax-102 visually and with Ricoh GR 1:50 for covering of Aldebaran and later the moon (Plato)
Half Moon, covering of Aldebaran, Plato at the terminator

Photos

Feb 24-26. 2018 Moon   Skymax-102 not documented Skymax-102 visually and Ricoh GR 1:50 for the moon Saw the "golden handle" (Montes Jura) on February 25.

Photos Feb 24 - Photos Feb 25 - Photos Feb 26

Feb 27, 2018 Moon   Skymax-102/127 24 mm, 32 mm Skymax-102 with Ricoh GR and Leica M, both 1:50 with 24 mm, later fix at 32 mm
Skymax-127 with Ricoh GR and Leica M, both fix at 32 mm
Tests with camera fixed to eyepiece (Leica M); Ricoh GR fixed using Digiklemme 1

Photos

Feb 28, 2018 Moon (two days before Full Moon)   Skymax-102/127 32 mm Skymax-102 with Leica XV fix at 32 mm, about 50 mm focal length, 1600 ISO, -2 EV
Skymax-127 with Leica XV fix at 32 mm, about 50 mm and 35 mm focal length, 1600 ISO, -2 EV2
Tests with camera fixed to eyepiece (Leica X Vario)

Photos

Mar 7, 2018 Venus, Mercury   TS and LT binoculars;
Heritage 100P
  Venus and Mercury seen with both binoculars,
Venus also seen in Heritage 100P
First sighting of Mercury; saw only one planet at a time because of clouds
Venus seen nearly full, that is, not as a sickle, in Heritage 100P
Mar 12, 2018 Venus, Mercury   TS and LT binoculars;
Skymax-102
10 mm, 4 mm Venus and Mercury seen with both binoculars.
19:15 a second round with many photos; both planets also seen in both binoculars until Venus disappeared in the clouds at the horizon.
After that a short look through the Skymax-102 (10 mm, 4 mm) at Mercury
At times both could be seen, before Venus entered the clouds at the horizon (Mercury later as well …) (before 19 o'clock).
Both just fit the view of the binoculars, but Mercury was then fuzzy: Venus at the bottom at "7", Mercury on top at "1".
Mercury in Skymax-102: Rainbow-colored, fuzzy disk that quickly moved out of the field of view…
Mar 14, 2018 Venus, Mercury   TS and LT binoculars   Venus and Mercury seen with both binoculars. Both just fit the view of the binoculars, but Mercury was then fuzzy: Venus at the bottom at "7", Mercury on top at "1". No clouds, we were able to see Venus disappear at the horizon.
Mar 18, 2018 Venus, Mercury Kellinghusen Eyes   Venus and Mercury seen with naked eyes Saw both during a walk.
Mar 19, 2018 Venus, Mercury, Moon Erkerode Eyes 24 mm Ash-gray crescent of the moon, Venus, and Mercury seen with naked eyes In the car driving to Erkerode and in Erkerode (there, Venus was nearly hidden, everything was behind trees...)
Mar 20, 2018 Venus, Moon, Jupiter Erkerode Eyes; TS and LT binoculars   Crescent of the moon and Venus seen with naked eyes
Jupiter (1 a.m.) seen in binoculars
Saw moon and Venus from within the car, but no Mercury… (about 19 o'clock)
Jupiter: Astrid may have seen moons, Gerd did not...
Mar 21, 2018 Venus, Mercury, Moon   Eyes; TS and LT binoculars   Crescent of the moon, Venus, Mercury seen with the naked eye and with binoculars clear skies, last sighting of Mercury with the naked eyes (and as such...)
Mar 24, 2018 Moon (Half Moon)   Explorer 150PDS 10, 7, 4 mm; 7 mm with 2x focal extender Half Moon with Explorer 150PDS and Ricoh GR in 1:50 mode

Photos of the moon in diverse magnifications (sizes)

Photos

Mar 25, 2018 Moon (after Half Moon)   Skymax-127 32 mm Shortly after Half Moon with Sony RX100 M4 mounted fix to the 32 mm Digiscope eyepiece

Moon photos done with hand control and on the Heritage 100P Dobsonian base

Photos

Mar 29, 2018 Moon (two days before Full Moon)   Skymax-127 32 mm Two days before Full Moon with Sony RX100 M4 mounted fix to the 32 mm Digiscope eyepiece

Moon photos done with hand control and on the Heritage 100P Dobsonian base

Photos

All observations done in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau, except for where noted otherwise

 

Special Events

February 23, 2018: Moon Covers Aldebaran

On February 23, 2018, the moon covered Aldebaran for about an hour at the early evening sky (about 17:50 to 18:50 o'clock in Mühlhausen/Kraichgau). I attempted to take photos of this event.

Photo: Aldebaran is visible again...

You can find the photos on the following page:

February 23, 2018: Crater Plato in Direct Sun Light

Photo data: February 23, 2018, Sky-Watcher Skymax-102 telescope, Ricoh GR held to the eyepiece

More information on page Sections of Moon Photos

February 25, 2018: The "Golden Handle"

When the Jura mountains appear at the terminator and are lighted by the sun while still extending "into the darkness", this phenomenon is called the "golden handle." This took place on February 25, 2018.

    

Photos: Two versions of the "Golden Handle" (Montes Jura, top left)

March 10-25, 2018: Mercury at the Evening Sky (Together with Venus)

Mercury was already visible in the evening sky in March this year (about March 1 to 21, 2018). We saw Mercury for the first time on March 7 and for the last time on March 21. After that, Mercury became so faint that it could no longer be seen with the naked eye. But even before, Mercury was not always easy to find, because it was still too faint against the bright evening sky or was covered by clouds. Fortunately, the brighter shining Venus was nearby and a good aid to find it. But since Venus was still nearly "full," it was not as bright as when it is closer to the earth and is a sickle.

    

Photos: Mercury and Venus indicated by arrows (Mercury on top, Venus below) on March 12 (left) and 14 (right), 2018

More information on page Mercury and Venus March 2018

 

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