Just the status of the Musk Observatory was checked.
· Inside the Manual box was a battery (picture 1).
· Inside Quick Guides box, the Quick Guide and a hand control were found with an advice that said “Spare hand control. Please do not use unless instructed by the astronomy team”. Don’t worry, there is not an intention to use it (picture 2).
· The black box “Sirius Observatories” was turn on. After cheeked the full status of the Musk Observatory, I turned it off (picture 3).
· The picture of the astronomy box is attached (picture 4).
· The astronomy laptop was found in a case on the shelf in the lower hab (picture 5).
· In general, the Musk Observatory looks in good condition. I can’t wait to see the sun from Mars.
(This is not a formal MDRS report, just a summary of astronomy activities for the first week that were performed with my personal 6” Newtonian that I’ve set up next to the dome. No use of the MDRS observatories has taken place yet.)
Name: Max Fagin
Sky Conditions: Hazy for the first few evenings, but cleared up on Thursday and Friday
Wind Conditions: Calm
Observation Start Time: N/A
Observation End Time: N/A
Summary: The only scheduled observing was an attempt to photograph the entire crew on a distant mesa in front of the rising supermoon, but there were clouds to the east that prevented it. I have managed to catch a few photos of the sun and moon (attached). Also included is a photo of the crew on new years night (before entering simulation) standing on a (much nearer) mesa and looking at the full moon. The sky cleared up 2 nights ago, but has now gone back to cloudy, will do more astrophotography as the schedule and weather permits.
Summary: Unfortunately observing was not able to be done today due to extensive cloud cover. We are hoping the cloud clears enough to allow us to watch the Geminids tonight. In the meantime we used the procedure Peter sent out yesterday to re-process the images from yesterday and it worked great, example below.
Thanks for the help! We will try again tomorrow and hope the clouds clear.
Summary: We were able to observe three prominence’s on the limb of the sun which were visible using the eyepiece as well as the camera. They are imaged below. In the raw image it was impossible to view the prominence and the sun surface at the same time (as expected). We are novices at photoshop, but attempted to optimize different parts of the picture for different settings to allow both features to be present in the same image. Images of the three prominence’s are attached that were experimented with. If anyone has advice or instructions on how to better utilize Photoshop to allow two very different features to show through in the same image it would be welcomed.