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Moon on Dome, Crater Aristarchus

Posted: 28 November 2020

Friday morning, 27 November 2020, took a quick look at the Sun using the Lunt 8x32 SUNoculars. Two sunspots (AR2785 and AR2786) were visible.

Open: Friday, 27 November 2020, 1808 MST
Temperature: 58°F
Session: 1560
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1812 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Jupiter and four moons, 102X. Viewed Saturn and four moons, 102X.

Using the Vortex 12x50 binoculars I viewed Jupiter and Saturn. The planets are getting closer together every night on the way to their very close conjunction 21 December 2020.

Viewed Mars, 102X. Then viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

Stepped outside of the observatory and took this handheld photo of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome using the D850 DSLR (f/1.4, 1/10sec, ISO 12800, FL 50mm). (Yes, I enjoy photographing the Moon projected onto the observatory dome.)


Back inside the observatory I took this handheld afocal 102X photo of the Moon using the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/1250sec, 1X lens).


Did some lunar observing, 443X.

Mounted the iPhone on the 2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

Crater Aristarchus, afocal 443X, NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/300sec, 1X lens).


Did more lunar observing, 443X and 102X.

1850 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 27 November 2020, 1858 MST
Temperature: 48°F
Session Length: 0h 50m
Conditions: Clear

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