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DSLR Astrophotography: Moon; Mercury & Saturn

Posted: 27 November 2017

Open: Sunday, 26 November 2017, 1710 MST
Temperature: 79°F
Session: 1172
Conditions: Clear

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

D7200 DSLR

1719 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the First Quarter Moon, 102X.

Mounted the D7200 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope.

This is the Moon, 1/320sec, ISO 400, White Balance Auto:


Then slewed to Altair, focused, and locked the mirror in preparation for the next's good pass of the International Space Station (which would begin at 1801 MST).

AutoStar initial pointing was significantly in error and tracking was lousy this session. Was not able to get a good image of the ISS on the HD video.

1812 MST: removed the camera and took a last look at the Moon, 102X.

1813 MST: LX600 OFF.

Stepped outside of the observatory to photograph the planets Mercury and Saturn low in the southwestern sky.

1818 MST: Mercury (bottom) and Saturn (top), f/5.6, 1/10sec, ISO 3200, FL 140mm, White Balance Auto, handheld:


Close: Sunday, 26 November 2017, 1824 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session Length: 1h 14m
Conditions: Clear

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