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iPhone Waxing Gibbous Moon; Short Session

Posted: 2 November 2017

Monday morning, 30 October 2017, clouds began appearing about sunrise. Mid-day the winds came. Had planned to image a transit of the Sun by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Monday afternoon but the clouds and wind prevented it. That evening had some surprise lighning to the west:


This bolt started a small brush fire several miles to the west of Oracle. Got a total of 0.05" rain overnight.

Tuesday, 31 October, the sky was still cloudy. The sky cleared on Wednesday, 1 November.

Open: Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 1807 MST
Temperature: 69°F
Session: 1161
Conditions: Mostly clear

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

iPhone 8 Plus

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

Viewed Saturn and three of its moons, 102X.

Then viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X and 49X.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 50mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. Took this afocal 49X image of the Moon using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 25, 1/2500sec):


Using the Vortex 12x50 binoculars I viewed the Moon, the Double Cluster, Saturn, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Even with the bright moonlight, the views were nice.

1845 MST: last look at the Moon, 102X.

Then began closing up due to a very early commitment the next morning.

1847 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 1854 MST
Temperature: 65°F
Session Length: 0h 47m
Conditions: Clear

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