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Lunar Imaging

Posted: 21 January 2016

After the cloudy skies for the Aldebaran occultation Tuesday evening, 19 January 2016, the sky dawned clear on Wednesday, 20 January, and it stayed clear.

Open: Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 1807 MST
Temperature: 56°F
Session: 910
Conditions: Clear, breezy

1813 MST: viewed the Moon with the 8" LX200-ACF, 83X. Then stepped outside of the observatory and took this photo of the observatory with the telescope pointed at the waxing gibbous Moon and the Moon (upper right), D7200 DSLR, f/3.5, 1/250sec, ISO 400, FL 18mm:


1820 MST: did some lunar observing, 222X. Mare Humorum and Crater Gassendi in the south were nice. Then did a series of photos along the terminator at 1/400sec, 1/400sec, and 1/500sec, respectively, at ISO 2500, prime focus + 2X PowerMate:




Note: the color saturation was increased in post-processing to highlight different types of surfaces on the Moon.

1846 MST: completed DSLR lunar imaging. Resumed lunar imaging using 444X. Seeing was not perfect but there were some nice views at that high magnification.

Switched back to 83X and took this handheld afocal iPhone 6s Plus photo of the Moon:


1900 MST: final look at the Moon, 83X.

Close: Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 1909 MST
Temperature: 50°F
Session Length: 1h 02m
Conditions: Clear

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