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Perigee-Syzygy Moon (aka "Super Moon")

Posted: 14 November 2016

Open: Sunday, 13 November 2016, 2150 MST
Temperature: 61°F
Session: 1041
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
Wired AutoStar II handset
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 6s Plus
D7200 DSLR

2154 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

2157 MST: viewed the nearly Full "Super Moon", 102X. It was big (nearly filling the entire field-of-view) and very bright in the eyepiece. There was a very slight terminator visible about 9 hours before precisely "full".

I had planned to photograph the Moon on the observatory dome this night but the Moon was too high in the sky by this time and could not be projected entirely on the dome.

Switched to the 2" 30mm eyepiece and mounted the iPhone 6s Plus using the Levenhuk adapter.

2203 MST: took this iPhone afocal 81X photograph of the "Super Moon":


This is how the "Super Moon" appeared live on the Apple Watch:


2217 MST: resumed lunar observing, 102X. Added one of the Variable Polarizing Filters as a "Moon filter". That made for more comfortable viewing of the bright nearly Full Moon.

The bright Moon, high in the sky, was nicely illuminating the area. I stepped outside of the observatory and took this photograph of the observatory with the D7200 DSLR, f/5, 10 seconds, ISO 400, FL 18mm:


Some stars are visible, including Altair at the left.

2240 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 13 November 2016, 2250 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session Length: 1h 00m
Conditions: Clear

The Moon was precisely Full at 0652 MST on Monday, 14 November. This was the closest Full Moon (Perigee-Syzygy Moon) since 26 January 1948, a few days before I was born. I took several photos as Moonset approached using the D7200 DSLR with a 150-600mm lens.

0559 MST, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 100, FL 600mm, cropped
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0646 MST, f/5, 1/30sec, ISO 100, FL 150mm

0647 MST, f/6.3, 1/30sec, ISO 100, FL 600mm

0648 MST, f/6.3, 1/30sec, ISO 100, FL 600mm

0649 MST, f/6.3, 1/30sec, ISO 100, FL 600mm

0652 MST, f/6.3, 1/30sec, ISO 100, FL 600mm

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