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Brief Session in Observatory

Posted: 9 August 2020

Thursday, 6 August 2020, began with a clear sky, but clouds started showing up mid-day. Friday night, 7 August, had some light rain (0.04").

Saturday, 8 August, was a hectic but rewarding day. I switched our home network from HughesNet to AT&T Wireless Internet, which uses the AT&T LTE cell network for Internet connectivity. HughesNet satellite Internet service had been unreliable for the past couple of years. AT&T recently brought this service to our rural area so we had to try it out. There was a glitch getting devices to connect at high speed, but once AT&T tech support resolved that, all was well. Download speed with HughesNet was 25 Mbps to 0 Mbps. With AT&T the download speed is > 90 Mbps and it seems more reliable so far. Plus it is a little less costly than HughesNet. We are happy! And the sky was mostly clear as sunset approached, so even though I was tired I decided to go to the observatory to relax!

Open: Saturday, 8 August 2020, 1847 MST
Temperature: 103°F
Session: 1506
Conditions: Mostly clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1854 MST: I began relaxing on the observatory patio bench. Needed that!

1918 MST: sunset.

2000 MST: surprisingly clouds began appearing in the eastern sky. They quickly moved towards the Zenith. This iPhone 11 Pro Max photo taken with the iOS Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens) shows the Summer Triangle and clouds.

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2015 MST: back inside the observatory.

2017 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planet Jupiter and four moons, 102X, just before it was hidden by clouds. Saturn was hidden by the clouds.

Viewed the globular star cluster M14, 102X. Clouds were approaching it.

With the sky becoming more cloudy I decided to end this session.

2027 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 8 August 2020, 2037 MST
Temperature: Cloudy°F
Session Length: 1h 50m
Conditions: 86

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