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Visitors, Moon, Jupiter

Posted: 5 June 2017

During the day on Sunday, 4 June 2017, Cassiopeia Observatory had a couple of special visitors. My sister-in-law and niece from the East Coast were here:


Open: Sunday, 4 June 2017, 1902 MST
Temperature: 99°F
Session: 1119
Conditions: Mostly clear, hazy, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
1.25" 15mm eyepiece
2" 2X PowerMate

iPhone 6s Plus
D7200 DSLR

1909 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X. Mounted the iPhone 6s Plus on the 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter for this image using the iOS app NightCap Camera:


1919 MST: viewed Jupiter, 81X. Three moons and the Great Red Spot were visible. Switched to 163X; nice view of the planet. Added the 2X PowerMate for a really nice view of Jupiter, 325X.

1930 MST: sunset.

Mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece for this afocal 325X image of Jupiter (stack of 2541 Camera app slo-mode video frames, 240 fps):


This single frame image, afocal 325X, taken with the Camera app shows Jupiter, the Great Red Spot (at the left limb), and two of the Jovian Moons:


1945 MST: viewed Jupiter, 325X. The Great Red Spot was rotating out of view. Four moons were visible.

Then did some lunar observing, 325X. This handheld iPhone photo of the northern terminator was taken using the Camera app:


I noticed there was a Great Horned Owl on the house roof so took a couple of photos using the D7200 DSLR:



Then did a final look at the Moon, 102X.

2003 MST: LX600 OFF. Terminated a Kissing Bug inside the observatory.

Close: Sunday, 4 June 2017, 2012 MST
Temperature: 87°F
Session Length: 1h 10m
Conditions: Mostly clear, hazy

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