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Jupiter, Moon and Saturn

Posted: 10 June 2017

Cloudy skies prevailed from Monday, 5 June 2017, until Friday, 9 June.

Open: Friday, 9 June 2017, 1901 MST
Temperature: 97°F
Session: 1120
Conditions: Clear, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 15mm eyepiece
2" 2X PowerMate
2" 50mm eyepiece

iPhone 6s Plus
D7200 DSLR

1911 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1914 MST: Wi-Fi ON. Did some tests of the iOS app ScopeBoss to control the 12" telescope using my iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro 9.7". Sent the results of my testing to the developer. 1955 MST: Wi-Fi OFF.

2010 MST: viewed the planet Jupiter, 102X. The four Galilean Moons were visible.

2018 MST: mounted the iPhone using the Levenhuk adapter and did some afocal 325X slo-mo (240 fps) video recordings. This is a stack of 2544 video frames (10 seconds):


2028 MST: the eastern sky was brightening from the rising just past Full Moon.

This is how the Jupiter (afocal 325X) appeared live on the Apple Watch using the iOS NightCap Camera:


2041 MST: the breezes had calmed down now. 2047 MST: took a last look at Jupiter, 102X.

2048 MST: the planet Saturn was now rising over the hill to the southeast.

2050-2053 MST: watched the Moon rising behind the hill to the southeast, 102X. A slight terminator was visible.

2056 MST: switched to the 50mm eyepiece and viewed the Moon, 49X. Took this handheld iPhone afocal 49X photo of the Moon through a tree using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 25, 1/710sec):


2104 MST: final look at the Moon, 102X.

Then viewed Saturn, 102X. It was too low and behind the tree so viewing was not good. The moon Titan was visible.

2106 MST: LX600 OFF. Terminated a Kissing Bug.

After I stepped outside of the observatory I took this D7200 DSLR photograph (cropped) of the Moon and Saturn, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 400, 140mm:


Close: Friday, 9 June 2017, 2119 MST
Temperature: 81°F
Session Length: 2h 18m
Conditions: Clear

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