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Perigee-Syzygy Moon (aka "Super Moon") Take 2,
Moon on POD Dome

Posted: 15 November 2016

Monday morning, 14 November 2016, I went to the observatory to do a "fit and function test" of a cardboard mockup of a mirror focus lock add-on. Seems like it could work. Now I just need to find a suitable material to actually make it.

I also changed the shelf spacing for a bookcase in the observatory. There is now room for more books and charts:


Open: Monday, 14 November 2016, 1806 MST
Temperature: 77°F
Session: 1042
Conditions: Clear

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

D7200 DSLR
iPhone 6s Plus

1813 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

SYNCed the AutoStar on the star Altair.

1816 MST: took a quick look at the planet Venus, 102X.

Then began preparing for the Perigee-Syzygy Moon (also known as the "Super Moon"). The Moon had been precisely Full Monday at 0652 MST, with the perigee a little before that. This "Super Moon" was the biggest and brightest it had been since the Full Moon in January 1948.

During my preparations I took this photo (D7200 DSLR, f/5, 10 seconds, ISO 400, FL 18mm) of the observatory with the constellation of Perseus and the Pleiades:

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The glow from the rising Moon is visible above the hill to the right of the Pleiades. As the Moon began rising over the hill the album I was listening to on my iPod inside the SkyShed POD observatory started playing "Also sprach Zarathustra", which many people will remember from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey". That was unexpected timing and very appropriate.

Shortly after the Moon was over the hill I took this photo (D7200 DSLR, f/8, 10 seconds, ISO 2500, FL 8mm fisheye lens):


The constellation of Cassiopeia is faintly visible over the observatory.

1855 MST: viewed the Moon with the 12" telescope, 102X. A slight terminator was visible as the Moon had been precisely Full 12 hours earlier.

I then projected the "Super Moon" on the observatory using the 2" 24mm UWA eyepiece. This photo (D7200 DSLR, f/5.6, 10 seconds, ISO 1600, FL 18mm) shows the scene:

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Switched to the 2" 30mm eyepiece (81X) and mounted the iPhone 6s Plus using the Levenhuk adapter. 1920 MST: took this afocal 81X photo using the iOS Camera app and the Earbuds/Mic volume control as a remote shutter release:


1927 MST: final look at the Moon, 102X. 1929 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 14 November 2016, 1941 MST
Temperature: 65°F
Session Length: 1h 35m
Conditions: Clear

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See the previous report for more photos of the "Super Moon".

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