Crescent Moon, Earthshine, Blue Snowball Nebula
Posted: 11 October 2018
Open: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1803 MST
Conditions: Mostly clear
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 2X Powermate
iPhone 8 Plus
1807 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
1810 MST: viewed the crescent Moon, 102X and 81X.
Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. Took this afocal 81X photo of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/150sec):
1820 MST: set up the live trap to try once again to capture the packrat that has been visiting the observatory. Clouds were now increasing.
As I was viewing the Moon with the 24mm and 30mm eyepieces I was glad that I had cleaned them earlier in the day. Much nicer views without the spots.
1824 MST: the Moon and the planet Jupiter to the left of the Moon looked pretty in the southwestern sky. This handheld photo was taken with the D850 DSLR, f/2.8, 1/13sec, ISO 200, FL 70mm:
1828 MST: viewed Jupiter and four moons, 102X. Saturn also showed four moons, 102X. Viewed Mars, 102X. The South Polar Cap and a dark surface area were visible. None of the planets had a very good view due to not very good seeing.
1840 MST: Earthshine was now visible on the Moon. Handheld D850 DSLR photo, f/2.8, 1/20sec, ISO 800, FL 70mm
1848 MST: viewed Earthshine with the 12" telescope, 102X. This iPhone photo with NightCap Camera (ISO 2000, 1/3sec), afocal 81X, shows the Earthshine:
1900 MST: viewed M13 (Great Globular Cluster in Hercules), 102X.
1906 MST: began an AutoStar tour of Deep Sky Objects in the constellation of Andromeda, 102X: M110, M32, M31, and NGC891 (galaxies), NGC752 (open cluster), and NGC7662 (Blue Snowball Nebula, planetary nebula).
Then viewed NGC7662 (Blue Snowball Nebula) at 203X. I decided to image NGC7662 at prime focus + 2X Powermate with the D850 DSLR.
This is a StarLock autoguided, 30 seconds, ISO 1000, White Balance 4000K, image:
As I ended imaging of the Blue Snowball clouds were in most of the sky.
Took a quick look at M11 (Wild Duck Cluster), 102X.
2000 MST: LX600 OFF.
Close: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2011 MST
Session Length: 2h 08m|
Conditions: Mostly cloudy
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