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Holiday Party Observing

Posted: 31 December 2017

We had a Holiday Party at the house on Saturday, 30 December 2017. After sunset I opened the observatory for guests to view the waxing gibbous Moon. Besides using the 12" telescope in the observatory, I set up my ETX-125 Observer telescope on the observatory patio.

Open: Saturday, 30 December 2017, 1726 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session: 1182
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" Binoviewers 20mm eyepieces
ETX-125 Observer
1.25" 26mm eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

1732 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1737 MST: ETX-125 Observer ON.


Viewed the waxing gibbous Moon using the ETX-125 Observer, 73X.

Took this handheld iPhone 8 Plus photo of the Moon through the ETX-125, afocal 73X, iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/150sec):


Viewed the Moon with the 12" telescope and the Binoviewers, 122X.

Handheld iPhone photos, afocal 122X, NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/350sec and 1/710sec):



Several of our guests came out to the observatory and viewed the Moon and the Great Nebula in Orion (M42). Two Javelinas also came to visit.

2057 MST: last look at the Moon, ETX-125, 73X.

2058 MST: ETX-125 OFF.

2101 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 30 December 2017, 2110 MST
Temperature: 57°F
Session Length: 3h 44m
Conditions: Clear

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