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Critter, First Quarter Moon

Posted: 28 September 2017

Clouds snuck in Tuesday, 26 September, 2017. The sky began clearing late afternoon on Wednesday, 27 September.

As I headed out to the observatory I saw this little tarantula. The body was only about 2" long.

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Open: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1810 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session: 1145
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
1.25" 5.5mm eyepiece

D7200 DSLR

1815 MST: sunset.

1818 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1823 MST: Viewed Jupiter, very low in the western sky, then Saturn, followed by the First Quarter Moon, each with 102X, 271X, and 443X. I compared the views through the eyepieces with the field-of-views as shown in AstroAid v3.1 for my upcoming review.

I then mounted the D7200 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope and compared the view in the camera to that shown by AstroAid. I hope to post my review of AstroAid soon.

This the First Quarter Moon, 1/250sec, ISO 400, White Balance Auto:


1917 MST: did some lunar observing, 271X. Seeing not good.

1927 MST: Wi-Fi ON. Did some beta testing of the iOS app ScopeBoss. 1932 MST: Wi-Fi OFF.

Took a last look at the Moon, 102X.

1930 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 1945 MST
Temperature: 68°F
Session Length: 1h 35m
Conditions: Clear

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