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Moon on Dome with Jupiter & Saturn

Posted: 27 December 2020

Open: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 1735 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session: 1579
Conditions: Mostly clear

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1739 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1742 MST: viewed Saturn, 102X. Then viewed Jupiter and four moons, 102X. The planets were no longer in the same field-of-view.

1751 MST: viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus. The Moon (1/160sec, ISO 100), slightly cropped, overly saturated to show colors on the Moon.


I then took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max photo of the Moon projected on the observatory dome at 102X. The photo was taken while I was inside the observatory using the Camera app (Night Mode, 10 seconds, 1X lens).


Next, I mounted the D850 DSLR on a tripod outside of the observatory. This photo (f/11, 15 seconds, FL 58mm) shows the Moon on the Dome and the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

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1840 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 1848 MST
Temperature: 56°F
Session Length: 1h 13m
Conditions: Clear

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