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Brief Session with a Full Moon

Posted: 30 November 2020

Sunday, 29 November 2020, was clear until late afternoon when some clouds moved in.


The sky cleared by the time I went out to the observatory, although strong breezes had come up.

Open: Sunday, 29 November 2020, 2133 MST
Temperature: 54°F
Session: 1563
Conditions: Clear, breezy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 14mm 100° eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

As I arrived at the observatory I noticed that a neighbor's unshielded greenhouse lights were on again.

2137 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Full Moon, 102X and 174X. No terminator was evident. It was just a few hours before the Moon would be precisely 100% illuminated. The Moon's entire disk was visible in the Explore Scientific 14mm 100° eyepiece, making a nice (and bright) high power view of the Full Moon.

I stepped outside of the observatory and took this "Full Moon on the Observatory Dome" handheld photograph with the iPhone 11 Pro Max using the iOS Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens). Some stars are visible over the dome.


Back at the 12" telescope I viewed the Full Moon, 81X.

I mounted the iPhone on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. This afocal 81X image was taken with the iOS Camera app (1X lens).


I took a quick look at the Full Moon, 102X.

2200 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 29 November 2020, 2209 MST
Temperature: 54°F
Session Length: 0h 36m
Conditions: Breezy

As I was walking away from the observatory, the scene was almost like daytime from the bright Full Moon overhead. I took this handheld iPhone photo (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens) of the closed observatory.


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