Setting Sun, Moon, ISS video, Planets
Posted: 15 September 2021
Open: Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 1808 MST
Conditions: Clear, very hazy
Relaxed on the observatory patio bench while waiting for sunset.
Took this photo (cropped) of the setting Sun with the D850 DSLR (f/2.8, 1/1250sec, ISO 200, FL 70mm).
1833 MST: sunset.
1835 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
Viewed Mercury, then Venus, 102X.
Viewed the Moon, 102X. Took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 102X photo of the Moon using the Camera app (1X lens).
Switched to the 2" 14mm 100° eyepiece and did some lunar observing, 174X. Very nice views. Took these handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 174X photos of the Moon using the Camera app (1X lens).
1852 MST: viewed Saturn and its moon Titan, 174X.
Then relaxed on the bench to watch the stars come out.
1918 MST: began preparing for a handheld D850 DSLR video test of a pass of the International Space Station (ISS). Exposure was 2160p, f/2.8, 30fps, 1/30sec, ISO 25600, FL 24mm.
Click the image below to view a 19-second clip of the ISS near the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter.
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1937 MST: viewed Saturn, 174X. I usually use the iOS app NightCap Camera with the iPhone when imaging planets, but I decided to use the Camera app this night. This is handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 174X photo of the Moon using the Camera app (1X lens).
Then viewed Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons, 174. The Great Red Spot was faintly visible. Took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 174X photo of the Moon using the Camera app (1X lens).
Took a final look at Jupiter, 102X.
1958 MST: LX600 OFF.
Close: Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 2012 MST
Session Length: 2h 04m|
Conditions: Clear, hazy
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