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DSLR Moon, iPhone Moon on Dome

Posted: 15 April 2022

Clouds and strong winds arrived mid-day on Saturday, 9 April 2022, and continued for several days. Conditions finally improved on Thursday, 14 April.

Open: Thursday, 14 April 2022, 1818 MST
Temperature: 86°F
Session: 1750
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

After opening the observatory, I prepared the D850 DSLR for imaging.

1825 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

1828 MST: I relaxed on the observatory patio bench while waiting for the Moon to rise above the tree to the east.

1842 MST: iPhone photo of the Moon over the hill to the east and the 12" telescope inside the observatory.


Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope. Took this photo of the Moon in the bright blue sky (1/160sec, ISO 100).


1851 MST: Relaxed on the bench.

1853 MST: Sunset.

1912 MST: Back inside the observatory.

1913 MST: Took this D850 DSLR photo of the Moon (1/200sec, ISO 100) with the colors highly saturated to show the various minerals on the surface of the Moon.


Removed the D850 DSLR and viewed the Moon, 102X.

1927 MST: Took this handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max photo of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens).


1930 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 14 April 2022, 1938 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session Length: 1h 20m
Conditions: Clear

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