iPhone 5s: Lunar Straight Wall
Posted: 10 March 2014
Opened: Sunday, 9 March 2014, 1741 MST
Conditions: Clear, breezy
1749 MST: viewed the moon at 83X using the 8" LX200-ACF. Sky still bright well before local sunset. Took this handheld iPhone 5s afocal photo:
1802 MST: slewed to Jupiter and viewed it using 83X. Sky too bright 27 minutes before sunset to see any of the Galilean Moons. Switched to 222X; low contrast view. Tried adding the 2X PowerMate for 444X, but Jupiter was really too low contrast for viewing.
Returned to the moon and used 444X for a lunar terminator tour. Nice views, especially of the Straight Wall.
1829 MST: sunset.
Took this handheld iPhone 5s afocal 444X photo of the Straight Wall:
1838 MST: switched back to 222X. Took this handheld iPhone 5s afocal 222X photo of the Straight Wall and other portions of the southern terminator:
Then took this handheld photo of the northern portion:
1854 MST: slewed back to Jupiter and viewed it using 222X. The four Galilean Moons were visible. This iPhone 5s handheld photo (cropped) shows the moons (Jupiter is overexposed):
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Tried viewing Jupiter at 444X but seeing was not good enough.
Session was ended early so I could watch the new "Cosmos" on TV. I loved the original Carl Sagan "Cosmos" back in 1980 and recently watched it again on DVD.
Closed: Sunday, 9 March 2014, 1908 MST
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