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Total Lunar Eclipse Preparation

Posted: 30 January 2018

Open: Monday, 29 January 2018, 1815 MST
Temperature: 73°F
Session: 1193
Conditions: Mostly clear, windy

Equipment Used:
12x50 binoculars

D7200 DSLR

Strong winds during the daytime continued after sunset. I opened the dome but did not uncover the 12" telescope due to the wind.

I set up the D7200 DSLR + 150-600mm lens on the observatory patio to photograph the near Full Moon in preparation for Wednesday morning's Total Lunar Eclipse:


This is a full-frame f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 200, White Balance Auto, FL 600mm photo of the nearly Full Moon:


This is the same image but cropped:


I then did some observing using my 12x50 binoculars: M42 (Great Nebula in Orion), M45 (Pleiades), M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), Double Cluster (open star clusters), and the Moon.

1900 MST: there were still strong wind gusts and with strong winds forecast to continue I decided to close up for the night.

Close: Monday, 29 January 2018, 1907 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session Length: 0h 52m
Conditions: Clear, windy

BREAKING NEWS: In May 2015 I was selected to join the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Places Committee. On 29 January 2018 I was chosen by the IDA Board of Directors to fill the newly created position of the Chair, IDA International Dark Sky Places Committee.

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