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D7200 DSLR imaging: Moon, Jupiter

Posted: 19 March 2016

Open: Friday, 18 March 2016, 1815 MST
Temperature: 88°F
Session: 937
Conditions: Clear, breezy

1823 MST: viewed the Moon, 102X. Then mounted the D7200 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" LX600 using the Optec focal reducer + visual back. This is a 1/400sec, ISO 100, White Balance Auto, image of the waxing gibbous Moon:

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1835 MST: sunset. Removed the focal reducer and used eyepiece projection 271X for these images (slightly cropped), 1/400sec, ISO 6400 and ISO 5000, respectively, White Balance Auto:

Crater Copernicus

Craters Tycho and Clavius

1900 MST: removed the camera and did some lunar observing using the Baader 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece. Seeing was not very good. The best views were at 203X (12mm).

1926 MST: went to Jupiter, low in the east. View was not too bad at 152X (16mm). The four Galilean Moons were visible. 2024 MST: seeing at Jupiter was a little better now, but still could only get to 203X (12mm). 2037 MST: seeing fairly good. Could tolerate 305X (8mm). Began setting up for eyepiece projection 271X imaging of Jupiter.

This is a stack of 1227 HD video frames (20 seconds), 1.3X crop factor, 60 fps, 1/200sec, ISO 4000, White Balance Day (3200K):


2104 MST: removed the camera and resumed Jupiter observing with the zoom eyepiece. Pretty good view at 305X. 2110 MST: final look at Jupiter, 102X.

Close: Friday, 18 March 2016, 2120 MST
Temperature: 61°F
Session Length: 3h 05m
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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