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Near Full Moon on Dome

Posted: 24 February 2024

The cloudy skies that began on Monday, 19 February 2024, continued through mid-day on Friday, 23 February.

Open: Friday, 23 February 2024, 1809 MST
Temperature: 73°F
Session: 1942
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 26mm Occulting Bar eyepiece
2" 4X Powermate

iPhone 15 Pro Max

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

Viewed Jupiter and two moons in a bright sky, 102X.

1817 MST: Sunset.

1820 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.


1825 MST: The near Full Moon rose over the hill to the east, as seen in this iPhone 15 Pro Max taken with the Camera app (5X lens).


1832 MST: Back in the observatory I observed the near Full Moon low in the eastern sky, 102X. A very slight terminator was visible about 11 hours before precisely Full.

1836-1900 MST: Relaxed on the bench.

1903 MST: Back at the 12" telescope I viewed the Moon, 102X. Took this handheld iPhone afocal 102X image of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 64, 1/7100sec, 1X lens).


1908 MST: Stepped outside of the observatory and took this handheld iPhone photo using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens) of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome.


I then did some more Occulting Bar eyepiece tests for an upcoming article.

1928 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 23 February 2024, 1938 MST
Temperature: 58°F
Session Length: 1h 29m
Conditions: Clear

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