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iPhone Moon, Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

Posted: 3 February 2023

Open: Thursday, 2 February 2023, 1814 MST
Temperature: 67°F
Session: 1829
Conditions: Mostly clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 15mm eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1819 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars, 102X.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 163X.

1842 MST: Handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome by the 12" telescope, 102X, and the planets Jupiter (top) and Venus (right of dome) in the sky taken with the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens).


1846 MST: Handheld iPhone afocal 102X photo of the Moon taken with NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/5900sec, 1X lens).


Attached the LiDAR Cover on the iPhone and mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece for these afocal 163X photos of the ray systems from the craters Copernicus and Tycho.

Copernicus, NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/1150sec, 1X lens)

Tycho, NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/160sec, 1X lens)

1858 MST: Wi-Fi ON.

Used SkySafari 7 Pro on the iPhone to command the 12" telescope to GOTO Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). Viewed the comet, 81X.

1911 MST: Mounted the iPhone on the 30mm eyepiece and took this NightCap Camera afocal 81X image (ISO 12500, 1sec, 16 seconds, 1X lens) of the comet.


Mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece.

1924 MST: StarLock ON.

1926 MST: Took StarLock autoguided images of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), afocal 163X, at 1 minute intervals using NightCap Camera (ISO 6400, 1sec, 10 seconds, 1X lens. This animation shows the comets rapid motion against the background stars.


1933 MST: StarLock OFF, Wi-Fi OFF.

Viewed the comet, 163X and 102X.

1939 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 2 February 2023, 1947 MST
Temperature: 49°F
Session Length: 1h 33m
Conditions: Clear

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