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iPhone 5s + 8" LX200-ACF: Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars

Posted: 26 May 2014

Opened: Sunday, 25 May 2014, 1827 MST
Temperature: 93°F
Session: 689
Conditions: Mostly clear, some breezes

1834 MST: Mercury, 83X and 222X. Nice view of the slight crescent. Set up for iPhone 5s afocal imaging, 666X + moon filter. This is a stack of 553 slo-mo (120 fps) video frames taken at 1843 MST:


1850 MST: resumed Mercury observing, 444X. Still a nice view of the crescent.

1905 MST: final look at Mercury, then slewed to Jupiter. View using 222X was good, but no moons were seen. Mounted the iPhone 5s and did some slo-mo video recordings, 666X. This is a stack of 1116 frames:


The central area of Jupiter overexposed. Should have used a filter!

1917 MST: back to observing Jupiter, 222X. Still no moons visible. 1920 MST: the four Galilean Moons appeared. 1925 MST: sunset.

1926 MST: viewed Mars, 222X. Very nice view of the planet. The North Polar Cap and several large dark areas were visible. The view was good even using 444X. This evening had the best Mars viewing in several recent sessions.

1934 MST: Oh no, clouds coming in from the north. Decided I had better grab some Mars video recordings before the clouds reached Mars. This is a stack of 3533 slo-mo frames, 666X + one Variable Polarizing Filter taken at 1945 MST:


1952 MST: resumed Mars observing, 444X. Seeing was now deteriorating, so switched back to 222X, which had a fairly good view of the planet.

Slewed to Saturn, low in the southeast, and viewed it using 222X. Seeing not good, but the moon Titan was visible.

1958 MST: began testing a new iOS app called "AstroAlign". I will have a review online after I work with it some more.

2010 MST: final look at Saturn, 83X. Four moons now visible. Then began closing up due to the increasing clouds.

Closed: Sunday, 25 May 2014, 2022 MST
Temperature: 72°F

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