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Moon, Supernova 2022hrs

Posted: 5 May 2022

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, was cloudy and windy. Wednesday, 4 May, was clear but windy during the daytime.

Open: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 1814 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session: 1760
Conditions: Clear, hazy, breezy

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1819 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X.

1826-1905 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

Observatory as seen from the bench, iPhone 13 Pro Max (0.5X lens).


iPhone photo of some cactus flowers near the observatory, iPhone (3X lens).


Everything is greening up, as seen from the bench, iPhone (1X lens).


Back inside the observatory I prepared the D850 DSLR for imaging.

1911 MST: Sunset.

Viewed the cresent Moon, 102X.

1916 MST: I began looking for the planet Mercury, low in the western sky, using one of the finderscopes on the 12" telescope.


1921 MST: Viewed Mercury, 102X. Its phase was similar to the phase of this night's Moon.

I then mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + UHC filter. Took this photo of the Moon (1/250sec, ISO 1600).


1934-1950 MST: Back on the bench.

1954 MST: Removed the camera from the telescope and viewed Mercury through the trees, 102X.

1956 MST: Viewed M60 (galaxy), 102X. Supernova 2022hrs in NGC4647 (galaxy) was visible using averted vision.

2005 MST: The supernova was now visible without using averted vision.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + UHC filter, focused on the star Arcturus, and locked the 12" mirror.

2016 MST: High Precision ON, StarLock ON.

Began imaging Supernova 2022hrs, prime focus + UHC filter. Seeing and hence StarLock autoguiding was not very good. After several attempts I managed to get this image, StarLock autoguided, 5 minutes, ISO 2000, White Balance 4550K. The image shows the supernova and several galaxies.


2038 MST: StarLock OFF.

Viewed M60, NGC4647, and SN2022hrs, 102X.

2045 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 2053 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session Length: 2h 39m
Conditions: Clear

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