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iPhone Mercury, Venus, Lunar Crater Walter, & Jupiter

Posted: 21 June 2018

Open: Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1853 MST
Temperature: 87°F
Session: 1254
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

1900 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1902 MST: viewed the planet Mercury, low in the western sky, 102X and 271X. Its phase was similar to Moon's phase this evening.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 9mm eyepiece and did some video recordings using NightCap Camera. This is a stack of 152 video frames (ISO 22, 1/4367sec):


1911 MST: viewed the planet Venus, 102X and 271X. It also had a similar phase this evening. This is a stack of 152 video frames with the iPhone and NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/2525sec):


1917 MST: viewed the Moon, 102X. Took this handheld iPhone afocal 102X photo using the Camera app:


I then did some lunar observing, 271X. The crater Walter had a nice mountain shadow crossing the crater floor.

1928 MST: Kissing Bug terminated.

1938 MST: sunset.

Mounted the iPhone on the 9mm eyepiece. At the center of this afocal 271X image with NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/50sec) is the crater Walter with the shadow extending to the left:


This is crater Walter at 271X using the iPhone 2X lens and NightCap Camera (ISO 250, 1/250sec):


1946 MST: viewed the planet Jupiter, 102X. Three moons and the Great Red Spot were visible. At 271X the view of Jupiter was pretty good. This is a stack of 614 video frames, afocal 271X, NightCap Camera (ISO 25, 1/59sec):


1952 MST: ended imaging.

1955 MST: took a last look at Jupiter, 271X and 102X.

1956 MST: LX600 OFF.

This was a short session due to an early morning commitment the next day.

Close: Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2006 MST
Temperature: 83°F
Session Length: 1h 13m
Conditions: Clear

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