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Short Observing Session, Messier Catalog Objects

Posted: 18 September 2022

Saturday, 17 September 2022, I decided to do a temporary "repair" on the outdoor carpet at the door to the observatory. Over the years since this carpet was installed in 2016 I have worn two holes in it from entering and leaving the observatory (left photo). I cut a small piece of leftover carpet and placed it in front of the door (right photo). Eventually I may get a better "doormat" or even replace the entire carpet (again).

photo photo

Open: Saturday, 17 September 2022, 1815 MST
Temperature: 81°F
Session: 1790
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1829 MST: Sunset.

1830-1900 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench to watch the stars come out.

This was my view of the SkyShed POD XL5 observatory from the bench. Taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max using the Camera app (0.5X lens).


1901 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn, 102X and 443X.

1906-1930 MST: Relaxed on the bench while waiting for the sky to get darker.

Cassiopeia rising over Cassiopeia Observatory taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X, handheld). Nice to see the "W" (from my last name) in the sky.


Viewed Saturn, 443X and 102X.

Then observed some Messier Catalog objects, 102X: M20 (Trifid Nebula), M4 (globular cluster), M8 (Lagoon Nebula), M17 (Swan Nebula), M16 (Eagle Nebula), M11 (Wild Duck Cluster, open cluster), M13 (Great Globular Cluster in Hercules), M92 (globular cluster), M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) and its satellite galaxies M32 and M110, and M15 (globular cluster).

1958 MST: LX600 OFF.

2005 MST: Took a Sky Quality reading using the Unihedron SQM-L and reported the result to Globe at Night.

Close: Saturday, 17 September 2022, 2011 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session Length: 1h 56m
Conditions: Clear, SQM 20.96

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