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Moon, NGC3621 Supernova 2024ggi

Posted: 18 April 2024

Open: Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1808 MST
Temperature: 91°F
Session: 1953
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 2X Powermate
12x50 binoculars

iPhone 15 Pro Max

1812 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X.

Mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" telescope. Took this image (1/500sec, ISO 200) of the Moon in the bright blue sky.


1828 MST: I stepped outside of the observatory and took this video of the observatory using my iPhone 15 Pro Max and the app DoubleTake, which allows two cameras to be used simultaneously.

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I then relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

1855 MST: Took this iPhone photo of the setting Sun using the Camera app (5X).


1857 MST: Sunset.

1858 MST: Back in the observatory.

Took these D850 DSLR, prime focus + 2X Powermate, photos of the Moon (1/250sec, ISO 800).


1917 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench while waiting for the sky to get darker.

1926 MST: Back inside the observatory to try to observe Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, low in the western sky.

1927 MST: Wi-Fi ON.

Used SkySafari 7 Pro on the iPhone to GOTO the comet. The comet was not visible in the telescope finderscope.

1934 MST: Viewed Jupiter, 12x50 binoculars. Could see one moon. No comet visible.

1943 MST: Sighted Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, 12x50 binoculars. Comet head faintly visible in the binoculars in the twilight sky. I returned to the telescope, but the comet was now too low and behind a tree.

1958 MST: High Precision ON.

Slewed to NGC3621 (galaxy) to image Supernova 2024ggi. Focused on Minkar and locked the mirror.

2004 MST: StarLock ON.

Did some imaging of the galaxy and supernova, but the galaxy was too low in the southern sky for good results.

2015 MST: StarLock OFF, Wi-Fi OFF.

2017-2041 MST: Relaxed on the bench while waiting for the galaxy to get a little higher in the southern sky.

2043 MST: StarLock ON.

Took this image of NGC3621 (galaxy) and Supernova 2024ggi (2 minutes, ISO 3200, slightly cropped).

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2046 MST: StarLock OFF.

Viewed NGC3621 (galaxy) and Supernova 2024ggi, 102X. Supernova easily seen. Galaxy was faintly visible in the bright moonlit sky.

2052 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 2100 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session Length: 2h 52m
Conditions: Clear

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