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More New Accessories Tests,
Venus, Moon, Globular Clusters

Posted: 26 May 2020

Open: Monday, 25 May 2020, 1804 MST
Temperature: 92°F
Session: 1484
Conditions: Clear, breezy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 14mm 100° eyepiece
2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece
1.25" 15mm eyepiece
1.25" 5.5mm eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1810 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Venus, 102X and 443X.

Mounted the iPhone 11 Pro Max on the 2" 5.5mm eyepiece.

This is a stack of 2485 video frames (slo-mo, 240fps), afocal 443X.


1825 MST: viewed the Moon, 102X.

1827 MST: began relaxing on the observatory patio bench.

1925 MST: sunset. Calm now.

Did some observing of the Moon, 102X, 174X, 163X, and 443X. Did tests of new accessories for an upcoming review.

iPhone photos of the Moon.

Afocal 102X

Mare Crisium, afocal 174X

Mare Crisium, afocal 443X

2010 MST: viewed the Moon and Earthshine, 102X.

2024-2033 MST: relaxed on the bench.

2034 MST: Kissing Bug terminated.

2037 MST: viewed Omega Centauri, 102X. This large globular cluster appears very low in the southern sky from Cassiopeia Observatory and is only visible for a short time.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + focal reducer, focused on Spica using the Meade Bahtinov Mask, and locked the 12" primary mirror using the ScopeStuff mirror lock.

2050 MST: StarLock ON.

Imaged Omega Centauri and the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules (M13), StarLock autoguided, 60 seconds, ISO 1600, White Balance 5560K.

Omega Centauri

Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

The size difference is obvious.

2105 MST: StarLock OFF.

Viewed M13, 102X.

2112 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 25 May 2020, 2120 MST
Temperature: 69°F
Session Length: 3h 16m
Conditions: Clear

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