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Short Visit to the Moon

Posted: 5 February 2020

Sunday night, 2 February 2020, was clear but windy. The forecast had been for clouds but it was wrong. Monday, 3 February, was cloudy and windy. The sky cleared mid-day on Tuesday, 4 February.

Open: Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 1804 MST
Temperature: 46°F
Session: 1433
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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

Viewed the planet Mercury, low in the west, 102X.

Viewed the planet Venus, 102X.

Viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X and 81X.

Mounted the iPhone 11 Pro Max on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. Took this afocal 81X photo of the Moon with the NightCap Camera app (ISO 32, 1/2000sec).


I then did some iPhone stuff that I will be using during my "Smartphone Astrophotography" talk at the Second Annual David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party and Astrophotography Workshops this coming May.

Next, I viewed the Moon, 271X. Nice sights along the terminator although seeing was not very good.

Mounted the iPhone on the 2" 9mm eyepiece with the Levenhuk adapter for these NightCap Camera (ISO 200, 1/400sec) afocal 271X images.


1847 MST: done imaging.

1850 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 1854 MST
Temperature: 40°F
Session Length: 0h 50m
Conditions: Clear

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