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Colors on the Moon, Moon on Observatory Dome

Posted: 16 October 2021

Open: Friday, 15 October 2021, 1808 MST
Temperature: 77°F
Session: 1677
Conditions: Clear

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


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

Viwed the planets Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter, 102X.

Then viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope.

This is our Moon (1/320sec, ISO 200, slight crop) showing colors (exaggerated from over saturation of the photo) from minerals on the Moon.


We do not see these colors with our eye due to the Moon brightness.

Seeing was very bad this night so I did not use higher magnifications.

I projected the Moon, 102X, onto the observatory dome. I then stepped outside of the observatory and took this handheld photograph (f/2.8, 1/2sec, ISO 5000, FL 24mm) of the Moon on the observatory dome. The Big Dipper is above and right of the dome.


1843 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 15 October 2021, 1851 MST
Temperature: 68°F
Session Length: 0h 43m
Conditions: Clear

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