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Some Astrophotography tests Planets, Moon

Posted: 5 November 2022

Cloudy skies returned on Tuesday, 1 November 2022. With rain in the forecast, I put the Dome Cover ON. Thursday, 3 November, had several periods of rain (0.32"). The sky cleared Friday morning, 4 November, so in the afternoon I removed the Dome Cover.

Open: Friday, 4 November 2022, 1816 MST
Temperature: 41°F
Session: 1799
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1824 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn, 102X and 271X.

Attached the LiDAR Cover on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and mounted the iPhone on the 2" 9mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

I then did some afocal 271X imaging of Saturn and Jupiter for an upcoming iOS app review. These images were taken with NightCap Camera, which I have previously reviewed. The images were intentionally slightly underexposed as part of the testing.



Viewed Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons, 102X.

Next, I viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

With the Moon projected onto the observatory dome, I took this handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max photo using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens).


The Moon was near the planet Jupiter this night. This cropped D850 DSLR photo (f/8, 1/60sec, FL 70mm) shows the conjunction.


To prepare for the Total Lunar Eclipse that will occur early Tuesday morning, 8 November, I mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope to check that the entire disk would be in the field-of-view. It was, as seen in this full-frame photo (1/60sec, ISO 100).


This is the same image with the colors enhanced.


Took a final look at the Moon, 102X.

1934 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 4 November 2022, 1944 MST
Temperature: 43°F
Session Length: 1h 28m
Conditions: Clear

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