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DSLR Planets, iPhone Moon on Dome, iPhone Moon

Posted: 26 November 2020

Open: Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 1810 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session: 1558
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece
2" 2X Powermate

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Upon arrival at the observatory I saw that the neighbor's greenhouse lights were not on again this night. In fact, they have been off for several nights. Thanks neighbor!

1815 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Jupiter and four moons, Saturn and three moons, Mars, and the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

I then took these handheld photos using the D850 DSLR with 70-300mm lens.

Saturn and Jupiter with three moons visible (f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 5000, 300mm, cropped)

Mars and the Moon (f/8, 1/200sec, ISO 400, 220mm, cropped)

If you have been following my Cassiopeia Observatory reports you have probably noticed that I love photographing the Moon (and planets) projected onto the SkyShed POD observatory dome. Here's one from this session taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens, handheld).


And the Moon with the iPhone, handheld afocal 102X, NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/200sec, 1X lens).


Next, I did some lunar observing, 443X. Many nice sights were visible.

I mounted the iPhone on the 2" 5.5mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter (see the Reviews page). Here are some of the nice sights on the Moon taken with the iPhone, afocal 443X, NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/60sec and 1/200sec, 1X lens).

Crater Plato and Sinus Iridum

Craters Tycho, Clavius, and others

I then did more lunar observing, 443X and 887X.

Lastly, took a quite look at the Moon, 102X.

1903 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 1910 MST
Temperature: 56°F
Session Length: 1h 00m
Conditions: Clear

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