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iPhone Astrophotography App Tests,
More Herschel 400 Observing

Posted: 15 November 2022

Tuesday night, 8 November 2022, was clear but I did not open the observatory due to an early morning commitment on Wednesday, 9 November. Wednesday was cloudy and windy, with rain in the forecast. That afternoon I put the Dome Cover ON. Wednesday night there was a little moisture accumulated from being in the clouds for several hours at elevation 4380' (0.03"). With a clear night forecast for Thursday, 10 November, I removed the Dome Cover in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the forecast was wrong. Cloudy skies continued until Monday, 14 November.

Open: Monday, 14 November 2022, 1810 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session: 1801
Conditions: Mostly clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 26mm eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1814 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn and then Jupiter, 102X.

Then set up to watch a Pinal County Board of Supervisors video meeting. This is how the attendees saw me during the call.


1830-1900 MST: Video conference.

1901 MST: High Precision ON.

Viewed M57 (Ring Nebula), 102X and 94X.

Attached the LiDAR Cover on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and mounted the iPhone on the 26mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

1912 MST: StarLock ON.

Took this StarLock autoguided iPhone afocal 94X image of M57 (Ring Nebula) using the iOS app NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, ISO 16000, 1sec, 1 minute, 1X lens).


I then did some tests of two iOS apps for upcoming reviews.

1930 MST: StarLock OFF.

1940 MST: SYNCed on the star Enif. Then began some more observing of objects in the Herschel 400 Catalog, 102X: NGC7000 (North American Nebula), NGC7006 (globular cluster), NGC7008 (planetary nebula), NGC7009 (Saturn Nebula, planetary nebula), NGC7044 (open cluster), NGC7062 (open cluster), NGC7086 (open cluster), NGC7128 (open cluster), NGC7142 (open cluster), NGC7160 (open cluster), and NGC7209 (open cluster).

2013 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 14 November 2022, 2022 MST
Temperature: 44°F
Session Length: 2h 12m
Conditions: Clear

This lapel pin from Sticker Mule arrived on Tuesday, 8 November.


Here's a nice update about Kitt Peak National Observatory from my Alma Mater.

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