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More Revolution Imager work with ETX-105PE

Posted: 6 June 2016

Open: Sunday, 5 June 2016, 1840 MST
Temperature: 105°F
Session: 979
Conditions: Clear, smokey, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
Wireless AutoStar II handset
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 26mm eyepiece

iPhone 6s Plus
Revolution Imager

I planned to do some more work with the Revolution Imager on the ETX-105PE this night. I am near completing my review of the Imager.

As sunset approached I could tell that the smoke from the Juniper Fire to the north of us was less dense in the western sky. Maybe things are improving with the fire.

A few minutes before sunset I left the observatory to take some photographs of the setting Sun. Here is one of those photos:


1931 MST: sunset. The breezes had calmed down now. Jupiter and Mars were visible to the naked eye. LX600 ON, StarLock OFF. 1936 MST: viewed Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons, 102X.

This handheld iPhone 6s Plus afocal 102X photo shows Jupiter (overexposed) and the four moons against the bright blue sky:

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1956 MST: the first of nine Kissing Bugs was terminated.

2005 MST: slewed the 12" LX600 telescope to Omega Centauri (globular cluster). It was not yet visible against the twilight sky. 2020 MST: Omega Centauri now faintly visible, 102X. 2036 MST: after mounting the Revolution Imager on the 12" telescope, viewed Omega Centauri with the Imager.

2045 MST: began using the ETX-105PE. Viewed Jupiter, 56X. Then put the Revolution Imager on the ETX-105PE:


Using the Imager I viewed Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, M104 (Sombrero Galaxy), M65 (galaxy), Omega Centauri (globular cluster), M57 (Ring Nebula), M13 (the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules), and M92 (globular cluster).

2244 MST: terminated the nineth Kissing Bug seen this night. Only one got away.

2248 MST: LX600 OFF, ETX-105PE OFF. Began closing up.

Close: Sunday, 5 June 2016, 2330 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session Length: 4h 50m
Conditions: Clear, smokey

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