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iPhone Full Moon on Dome, DSLR Color Full Moon

Posted: 27 February 2021

Open: Friday, 26 February 2021, 1816 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session: 1604
Conditions: Mostly clear

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1818 MST: sunset.

1824-1900 MST: relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

1830 MST: the nearly Full Moon began rising over the hill to the east. The Moon phase was about 7 hours before precisely Full.

1842 MST: the rising Moon taken with the D850 DSLR (f/5.6, 1/30sec, ISO 2500, FL 24mm).


1901 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X. A very slight terminator was visible.

1908 MST: the Full Moon projected onto the observatory dome. Taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max using the Camera app (Night Mode, 10 seconds, 1X lens).


Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + focal reducer.

1915 MST: the Moon (1/500sec, ISO 100). The image is what the eye would see due to the Moon's brightness. Mouseover or tap on the image to see the colors on the Moon from different minerals.

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Took a final look at the bright Moon, 102X.

1924 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 26 February 2021, 1931 MST
Temperature: 52°F
Session Length: 1h 15m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

As I left the observatory I took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max photo of the moonlit observatory using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens). Some stars and clouds are visible in the photo.


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