Category Archives: 2013 Autumn Moonwatch
First moon for 2014….
We have had our fair share of rough weather since the start of the new year. There have been days when there was barely the time for the sky to clear up before another storm would set in. The two … Continue reading
Santa clears the skies….
All we ever asked for are clear skies – and it seems Santa heard our wishes. We have had fairly good weather over the past three days – just when we hit full moon with both units in rude health. Perhaps … Continue reading
Running one one engine….
Full moon. Clear skies. No wind. And both units recording…. pure bliss! Well that was until a few minutes ago. The Zurrieq unit went into a spin (this is a known issue unfortunately – perhaps with some more free time … Continue reading
All set for the new December moon
Today both units have been switched on for the first time after the new December moon. There is always some trepidation until the alignment completes, especially after both units have spent a couple of weeks out there in the rain … Continue reading
A September flutter…
Another of those tiny gems. This one fluttered across more than 45 frames (1.5 seconds) on the upper part of the moon. Something about its flutter and long wings makes me think of a quail. Any ideas?
Amongst a zillion faint sightings, sometimes the patient moonwatcher gets rewarded with tiny gems of unusual sightings – perhaps a sighting that is in focus, or a bird that can be mapped to some species perhaps. Or something like this … Continue reading
Time for some rest…
November moon season is officially closed as of today as the moon is now too small for any relevant observations to be made. So, there is little left to do other than to wait for the new moon to grow … Continue reading
Head in the clouds…..
It is a pity that over the past week or so we have not been very lucky with the weather. Even though the sky was generally clear, most nights were blighted with the passage of high clouds. The current scanner … Continue reading
Lunaves, the results so far
Last week we were kindly invited to deliver an overview of the Lunaves initiative to the Birdlife Malta ringers group – lots of good and encouraging feedback received.
The sky has just started clearing up across the Malta. Both Hamrun and Zurrieq station have clear views and are tracking. It does seem, from a distance, that it is quite windy, so the prospects for good migration for tonight seem … Continue reading