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Another Short Session; Moon

Posted: 17 November 2018

Cloudy skies that began during the short previous session continued during the day on Friday, 16 November 2018. Unforecasted clearing began late afternoon however.

Open: Friday, 16 November 2018, 1803 MST
Temperature: 70°F
Session: 1305
Conditions: Mostly clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 4X Powermate


1808 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn and four of its moons, low in the southwestern sky, 102X.

Then viewed Mars, 102X.

Next, did some Moon observing, 102X and 406X. Nice views with good seeing.

Mounted the camera at prime focus of the 12" telescope for this image of the Moon (1/400sec, ISO 400):


Added the 2" 4X Powermate for these images of the Moon (1/250sec, ISO 3200):

North Pole Region

Lunar Appenines

South Pole Region

Then did some more lunar observing, 271X. With the illuminated portion of the Moon out of the eyepiece field-of-view Earthshine was visible.

1851 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 16 November 2018, 1858 MST
Temperature: 61°F
Session Length: 0h 55m
Conditions: Mostly clear

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