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SkyShed POD visitors (human, other), Colorful Moon

Posted: 15 May 2022

Saturday afternoon, 14 May 2022, Peter and Alex, two amateur astronomers from near Oracle, visited Cassiopeia Observatory to checkout a SkyShed POD up close. Peter is considering getting a POD. They were here for over an hour. Peter is now totally sold on a SkyShed POD!

Open: Saturday, 14 May 2022, 1841 MST
Temperature: 85°F
Session: 1765
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1847-1910 MST: Relaxed on observatory patio bench.

1909 MST: Moon rising over hill to southeast.

1918 MST: Sunset. Calm now.

Prepared the D850 DSLR for imaging.

1920 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1922 MST: Viewed the Moon through tree branches, 102X.

1923 MST: Back to bench.

1934 MST: Moon with iPhone 13 Pro Max, NightCap Camera (ISO 21, 1/120sec, 3X lens).


2000 MST: Back inside observatory.

Viewed the Moon, now above the tree, 102X. Slight terminator visible one day before exactly Full.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + focal reducer.

The Moon, image highly saturated to bring out mineral colors, 1/5000sec, ISO 1600, White Balance 4550K. (I will use these exposure settings for the Total Lunar Eclipse on 15 May.


Removed the camera and took a last look at the Moon, 102X.

2012 MST: LX600 OFF.

2015 MST: Saw the first Kissing Bug of the season!


Kissing Bug terminated.

Close: Saturday, 14 May 2022, 2022 MST
Temperature: 74°F
Session Length: 1h 41m
Conditions: Clear

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