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Venus, Moon, Craters Tycho and Clavius

Posted: 11 November 2013

The observatory was opened Monday, 11 November 2013, at 1806 MST, 75°F, for a planned short session. The sky was clear. At 1812 MST, viewed Venus, 83X.

I then began setting up for imaging. Did eyepiece projection imaging of Venus at 222X on the 8" LX200-ACF using the D7000 DSLR. I did HD video recordings at various exposure settings. I tried imaging at 444X but seeing was not good enough. This is a crop from a single HD video frame, 1/500sec, ISO 3200:


I then slewed the 8" to the moon. This is a prime focus image with the D7000 DSLR, 1/320sec, ISO 400:


I removed the camera and did some visual lunar touring, 222X. The craters Tycho and Clavius were especially nice this night. I remounted the camera and did eyepiece projection imaging, 222X, at various exposure settings. This is a "Hat Trick", ISO 100, D7000 DSLR image:


I completed imaging at 1901 MST. I took a last look at the moon, 222X and 83X, at 1907 MST.

The observatory was closed at 1917 MST, 68°F.

Reminder: the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo is 16-17 November in Tucson. I'll be working the OPT booth both days. On Friday , 15 November, I'll be lurking about at the Southwest Astrophotography Seminar. Stop by and say hi if you'll be at the Expo and/or SWAP.

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