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DSLR Mercury, Moon

Posted: 6 May 2022

Open: Thursday, 5 May 2022, 1811 MST
Temperature: 79°F
Session: 1761
Conditions: Clear

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


1820 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X.

1824-1900 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

Prepared the D850 DSLR for imaging.

1911 MST: Sunset (time approximate due to clouds low along the western horizon).

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + 2X Powermate and focused on the Moon. Slewed to the planet Mercury, not yet visible in the bright western sky.

1920 MST: With Mercury now visible, I began imaging the planet. This is a cropped image (1/200sec, ISO 1600) showing the planet's phase.


Then imaged the Moon, prime focus + 2X Powermate (1/250sec, ISO 1600).


Removed the Powermate and took this image of the Moon at prime focus (1/500sec, ISO 1600).


Viewed the Moon, 203X and 102X.

1941 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 5 May 2022, 1953 MST
Temperature: 69°F
Session Length: 1h 42m
Conditions: Mostly clear

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