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Short Session, Colors on the Moon

Posted: 29 September 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020, dawned with a clear sky, but clouds and smoke from California wildfires began appearing in the afternoon. As sunset approached the clouds were gone but the smoke remained.

Open: Monday, 28 September 2020, 2057 MST
Temperature: 77°F
Session: 1525
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 4X Powermate


2101 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X and 406X.

Viewed Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, 406X. Seeing was not good, possibly from the smoke. Even with the bad seeing the Mars North Polar Hood and the South Polar Cap were visible.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope.

This is the waxing gibbous Moon (1/320sec, ISO 100). Mouseover or tap on the image to see the colors on the Moon due to different minerals on the surface.

Mouseover or tap on image
Mouseover or tap on image to see colors

SYNCed on the star Altair to slightly compensate on the previous session boo-boo when I inadvertently rotated the wedge Latitude adjustment knob. I will do a StarLock auto drift align once the Moon is out of the early night sky.

Occasional strong wind began blowing.

2132 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 28 September 2020, 2143 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session Length: 0h 46m
Conditions: Clear, windy

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