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Critter; iPhone Moon

Posted: 30 March 2018

Late Thursday afternoon I saw this antelope squirrel outside my office:

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Open: Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1825 MST
Temperature: 86°F
Session: 1215
Conditions: Mostly clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

1830 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X.

1844 MST: sunset.

Began setting up to photograph the Moon with the 12" telescope and iPhone 8 Plus. Mounted the iPhone on the 2" 30mm eyepiece. This afocal 81X was taken with the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/4400sec):


When I finished Moon astrophotography I noticed that the western sky was looking very pretty. 1854 MST: I stepped outside of the observatory to take this iPhone photo:


1858 MST: returned to the observatory and viewed Venus with the 12" telescope, 81X and 102X, through thin clouds.

1905 MST: High Precision ON. Did a GOTO M40 (asterism). Used High Precision since the twilight sky was still bright. M40 was faintly visible against the bright sky, 102X.

1908 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1916 MST
Temperature: 71°F
Session Length: 0h 51m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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