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Binoviewers Moon Observing

Posted: 24 February 2021

Open: Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 1808 MST
Temperature: 80°F
Session: 1601
Conditions: Mostly clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
Binoviewers, 20mm eyepieces
2" 2X Powermate

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1811 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1815 MST: sunset.

Viewed the gibbous Moon, 102X.

Took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 102X photo of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/4300sec, 1X lens).


Attached the William Optics Binoviewers with 20mm eyepieces (122X) to the 12" LX600 telescope. This wide-angle iPhone photo shows the Binoviewers on the telescope with the Moon in the sky.


Observed the Moon, Binoviewers, 122X. Nice, almost 3D, view of the lunar surface. These handheld iPhone afocal 122X photos show approximately the view through one of the eyepieces.


I added the 2" 2X Powermate and viewed the Moon, Binoviewers, 244X. Nice sights.

These handheld iPhone afocal 244X photos show Vallis Schröteri (top, right of center) and Crater Schickard (bottom, below center).


Removed the Powermate and did some more lunar observing, Binoviewers, 122X. It is really enjoyable to use the Binoviewers when observing the Moon.

Then viewed M42 (Orion Nebula), Binoviewers, 122X. The Trapezium star cluster was nice. Some nebulosity was visible in the bright moonlit sky.

Viewed M42, 102X.

1903 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 1910 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session Length: 1h 02m
Conditions: Clear

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