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Crescent Moon & Venus

Posted: 18 May 2018

Open: Thursday, 17 May 2018, 1901 MST
Temperature: 78°F
Session: 1233
Conditions: Clear, windy

Equipment Used:
iPhone 8 Plus

Due to the wind I did not use the 12" LX600 telescope in the observatory this session.

1907 MST: the crescent Moon and the planet Venus were visible to the naked eye in the western sky. I set up the D850 DSLR with 70-300mm lens on the observatory patio.


1916 MST: used the 12x50 binoculars to view the Moon and Venus. Their separation (~6°) was just slightly wider than the field-of-view of the binoculars so both were not viewable at the same time.

1920 MST: sunset.

Took this handheld photo of the Moon and Venus (right of the Moon) using the iPhone 8 Plus 2X telephoto lens:


1945 MST: D850 DSLR photo shows the Moon and Venus (f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 400, FL 220mm, cropped):

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1954 MST: iPhone photo showing the Moon with Earthshine, Venus, the camera, and the obervatory:


2003 MST: D850 DSLR photo of the Moon, Earthshine, Venus, and some stars (f/8, 1 second, ISO 400, FL 220mm, cropped):

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2013 MST: ended photography. It was still windy. Ended the session.

Close: Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2026 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session Length: 1h 25m
Conditions: Clear, windy

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