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Moon on Dome, Planets, Tiangong Space Station

Posted: 20 October 2021

Saturday, 16 October 2021, was cloudy and windy. The wind calmed down on Sunday, 17 October, but the sky was overcast. Monday, 18 October, was cloudy and windy again. The sky cleared and the wind was calmer on Tuesday, 19 October.

Open: Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 1806 MST
Temperature: 78°F
Session: 1678
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1810 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planets Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter, 102X

Then relaxed on the observatory patio bench while waiting for the Moon to rise.

1825 MST: Moon rising over the hill to the east.

1829 MST: took a quick look at the Moon, 102X, low in the sky and through trees.

1835 MST: took this handheld D850 DSLR photo (f/3.5, 1/4sec, ISO 6400, 14mm UWA lens) of the Moon (left), Jupiter and Saturn, and the observatory.

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Then went back inside the observatory. Viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X.

Took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 81X photo of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/150sec, 1X lens).


1903 MST: went back outside of the observatory. Took this handheld D850 DSLR photo (f/3.5, 1 second, ISO 6400, 14mm UWA lens) showing the Moon projected onto the observatory dome with the Moon (left), and the planets Jupiter and Saturn (above the dome).


Took quick looks at the Moon, 102X, and Jupiter, 102X.

1911 MST: stepped outside of the observatory and watched a pass of the Chinese space station Tiangong with three Chinese astronauts onboard. Took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max photo using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens). The short streak at the top is the space station.

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Took a final look at Jupiter, 102X.

1918 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 1926 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session Length: 1h 28m
Conditions: Clear

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