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Moon on Dome with Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

Posted: 5 March 2023

Friday morning, 3 March 2023, was cold. Saw this unique "ice spike" in a bird bath.


Clouds increased during the day on Friday. Saturday, 4 March, was clear.

Open: Saturday, 4 March 2023, 1833 MST
Temperature: 67°F
Session: 1840
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1835 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Jupiter, then Venus, 102X.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 406X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus. Took this D850 DSLR image (1/250sec, ISO 100). The saturation was increased to show the different colors from the minerals on the Moon.


Added the 2" 4X Powermate and took these D850 DSLR photos of the Moon (ISO 2000, various shutter speeds).


Seeing was not too good for such high magnification this night.

I then projected the Moon onto the observatory dome using the 2" 24mm UWA eyepiece. I stepped outside of the observatory and took these handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max photos of the Moon on the Dome, the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, and stars using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X and 0.5X lens, respectively)


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1947 MST: Last look at the Moon, 102X.

1948 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 4 March 2023, 1957 MST
Temperature: 52°F
Session Length: 1h 24m
Conditions: Clear

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