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Crescent Moon, Earthshine

Posted: 2 June 2022

Open: Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 1901 MST
Temperature: 84°F
Session: 1775
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1906-1918 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

Then prepared the D850 DSLR for imaging of the Moon.

1922 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1925 MST: Viewed the thin crescent Moon, 102X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus + focal reducer.

1929 MST: Sunset.

1934-2005 MST: Relaxed on the bench while waiting for the sky to get darker.

1936 MST: View from the bench, taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max.


1959 MST: Observatory with crescent Moon, taken with the iPhone.


2007 MST: Moon through 12" telescope, prime focus + focal reducer, D850 DSLR (1/250sec, ISO 800).


2010 MST: Earthshine through 12" telescope, prime focus + focal reducer, D850 DSLR (1/2sec, ISO 800).


2013 MST: Viewed the Moon and Earthshine, 102X.

2014-2029 MST: Relaxed on the bench.

2021 MST: Crescent Moon with Earthshine in the constellation of Gemini, taken with the iPhone Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 3X lens, handheld).


2031 MST: Final look at the Moon, 102X.

2035 MST: High Precision ON.

Viewed several Messier Catalog globular star clusters, 102X: M4 (very low in the southeast), M10 (watched a slow moving flashing satellite pass through the eyepiece field-of-view), M12, M80, and M107.

2055 MST: Viewed NGC6951 (Smoking Gun Galaxy), 102X. I plan to image it on a future session.

2100 MST: LX600 OFF.

2105 MST: Saw the first Kissing Bug since 14 May 2022. Normally they are very evident by mid-to-late May.


The Kissing Bug was terminated.

Close: Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 2111 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session Length: 2h 10m
Conditions: Clear

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