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D7200 DSLR: Lunar Imaging

Posted: 18 January 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016, dawned clear but clouds came in as sunset approached. That evening I attended the monthly meeting of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee. Friday, 15 January, and Saturday, 16 January, were overcast.

Open: Sunday, 17 January 2016, 1800 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session: 908
Conditions: Partly cloudy

1805 MST: viewed the near First Quarter Moon, 83X. Then set up for prime focus imaging of the Moon using the D7200 DSLR. I added an extension to decrease the size of the Moon on the camera focal plane; it just barely fit in the field-of-view. This image was taken at 1/320sec, ISO 400:


I then added the Televue 2X PowerMate for these 1/400sec, ISO 2500, images along the lunar terminator:




1820 MST: resumed lunar observing, 166X. There were some nice views, but seeing was a little unsteady due to thin clouds.

Next, I did some work with the new release of Observer Pro for iOS for my updated review.

Close: Sunday, 17 January 2016, 1845 MST
Temperature: 52°F
Session Length: 0h 45m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

I have updated my Observer Pro iOS app review. If you have iOS you definitely want to check this app out.

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