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Jupiter & Saturn over Cassiopeia Observatory, Moon

Posted: 1 December 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020, dawned clear but windy. Clouds arrived shortly after sunrise, but began clearing late afternoon. The wind calmed down late afternoon.

Open: Monday, 30 November 2020, 1802 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session: 1564
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1807 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Jupiter and three moons, then Saturn and 2 moons, 102X.

Viewed Mars, 102X.

1812 MST: eastern sky brightening from rising Moon, just past Full.

Viewed Jupiter and Saturn, 12x50 binoculars. The planets were about half the field-of-view apart.

I stepped outside of the observatory and took this handheld photo of Jupiter and Saturn over Cassiopeia Observatory using the D850 DSLR (f/8, 1/2sec, ISO 6400, FL 70mm).


I then took this photo of the Moon with the D850 (f/11, 1/200sec, ISO 200, FL 300mm, cropped).


1836 MST: back at the 12" telescope I viewed the Moon, 102X. A very slight terminator was visible.

This is a handheld afocal 102X image of the Moon taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max using NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/250sec, 1X lens).


1850 MST: last look at the Moon, 102X.

1852 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 30 November 2020, 1900 MST
Temperature: 54°F
Session Length: 0h 58m
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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