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iPhone Messier Galaxies, Sarah's Galaxy, Hubble Variable Nebula

Posted: 25 March 2022

Clouds returned mid-afternoon on Tuesday, 22 March 2022. Wednesday, 23 March, was clear, but I was away that night. Thursday, 24 March, was clear.

Open: Thursday, 24 March 2022, 1822 MST
Temperature: 85°F
Session: 1739
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1831-1912 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.


1839 MST: Sunset.

1915 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Did a One Star Alignment to clear months of accumulated AutoStar SYNC errors.

Viewed M42 (Orion Nebula), 102X and 81X.

1930-1945 MST: Relaxed on the bench waiting for the sky to get darker.

Viewed NGC2024 (Flame Nebula), 81X.

Slewed to IC434 (Horsehead Nebula). Mounted the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the LiDAR cover on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

2001 MST: StarLock ON.

Imaged the Horsehead Nebula, afocal 81X. Unfortunately, none of the images turned out very good this night.

I imaged several galaxies, StarLock autoguided, afocal 81X, using the iOS app NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 32000, 1sec, 1 minute, 1X lens).





NGC3628 (Sarah's Galaxy)

Leo Triplet (M65, M66, NGC3628 Sarah's Galaxy)

I then imaged NGC2261 (Hubble Variable Nebula), afocal 81X and 271X, StarLock autoguided, NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 32000, 1sec, 1 minute, 1X lens).


2110 MST: StarLock OFF.

Viewed NGC2261 (Hubble Variable Nebula), 271X.

2117 MST: LX600 OFF.

2125 MST: Did a Sky Quality reading and reported the result to Globe at Night.

Close: Thursday, 24 March 2022, 2130 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session Length: 3h 08m
Conditions: Clear, SQM 21.09

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