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Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars imaging

Posted: 30 November 2022

Cloudy nights returned Sunday, 27 November 2022, and continued until Tuesday, 29 November.

Open: Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 1814 MST
Temperature: 60°F
Session: 1807
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 4X Powermate


SYNCed the observatory clock to WWV time signals.

1820 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X. Viewed Saturn, 102X. Viewed Jupiter, 102X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus. Took this image of the near First Quarter Moon (1/400sec, ISO 200).


I then set up to do some long focal length imaging, but intially had a problem with aligning the finderscope to match the camera field-of-view. I finally resolved the issue and did some imaging of Saturn, Jupiter, and then Mars with the D850 DSLR at prime focus + 4X Powermate. I took single frame images and 1080p/60fps videos of each planet. Here are the best results.

Saturn (stack of 1498 video frames, 1/100sec, ISO 6400)

Jupiter & Great Red Spot (stack of 1330 video frames, 1/160sec, ISO 1600)

Jupiter, Great Red Spot, & Io shadow (single image, 1/160sec, ISO 2500)

Mars (stack of 1220 video frames, 1/200sec, ISO 2500)

Viewed Mars, 406X and 102X. Mars was still low in the eastern sky, but at about the same location as it will be for next week's lunar occultation.

1959 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 2010 MST
Temperature: 47°F
Session Length: 1h 56m
Conditions: Clear

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