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Very Short Session with the Moon

Posted: 22 October 2012

Opened the observatory Sunday, 21 October 2012, at 2039 MST, 65°F, to clear skies for a planned short session. At 2044 MST, I had the moon in the 8" LX200-ACF and began observing at 77X, 206X, and 412X. Seeing was not good, so I did most of my lunar observing at 206X. Did a tour along the terminator. I also tried to get a better view of the Apollo 11 landing site, but seeing was too bad. So, I'm glad I was able to locate it on the previous session.

I switched to the visual back and mounted the D7000 DSLR at prime focus. Took a series of images of the moon. This is a 1/400sec, ISO 640, exposure:


With that, I ended this short session.

Closed the observatory 2110 MST, 63°F. This was only a 31 minute session, but that's one of the many good things about owning a SkyShed POD. Short sessions can be done as easily as long ones.

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