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iPhone Moon on Dome

Posted: 15 February 2022

Sunday, 13 February 2022, was clear and breezy during the day. I did not open the observatory that night. Monday, 14 February, was clear and breezy during the day, but calm as sunset approached.

Open: Monday, 14 February 2022, 1808 MST
Temperature: 80°F
Session: 1722
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 26mm eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 50mm eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1809 MST: Sunset.

1813 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the nearly full Moon, 102X, 94X, and 81X.

Mounted the iPhone 13 Pro Max on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Phone Skope adapter. Took this afocal 81X image of the Moon using the iOS Camera app (1X lens).


Viewed the Moon, 102X and 49X.

Viewed M44 (Praesepe, Beehive Cluster, open star cluster), 49X. Even in the bright moonlit sky, the cluster looked nice.

Viewed M42 (Orion Nebula), 49X. Some nebulosity was visible in the bright sky.

Viewed the Moon, 49X.

I noticed the bright projection of the Moon on the observatory dome using the 50mm (49X) eyepiece. Took this handheld photo of the Moon on the Dome using the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens).


1859 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 14 February 2022, 1908 MST
Temperature: 65°F
Session Length: 1h 00m
Conditions: Clear

I recently found this nice Mac menubar app to show weather data from my Weather Underground Personal Weather Station. It is called UnderTheWx and is free from the Mac App Store. It works with all weather stations that are on Weather Underground and natively with some AcuRite weather stations.



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