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iPhone Lunar Crater Fracastorius

Posted: 13 May 2024

Open: Sunday, 12 May 2024, 1806 MST
Temperature: 93°F
Session: 1967
Conditions: Clear, breezy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 15 Pro Max

1810 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X.

1820 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench.

1917 MST: Sunset. Calm now.

Viewed the Moon in the bright blue twilight sky. Mounted the iPhone 15 Pro Max on the 30mm eyepiece using the 3-axis adapter.

1921 MST: iPhone afocal 81X image of the Moon taken with the Camera app (1X lens).


Then I did some lunar observing, 271X. The Crater Fracastorius at the lunar terminator looked especially interesting.

Mounted the iPhone on the 9mm eyepiece and took this afocal 271X image of the Crater Fracastorius using the Camera app (1X lens).


1937 MST: Back to relaxing on the bench.

1955 MST: Some smoke from wildfires near Phoenix was visible along the western horizon, as seen in this iPhone photograph.


2002 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 12 May 2024, 2010 MST
Temperature: 68°F
Session Length: 2h 04m
Conditions: Clear

Overnight I monitored Aurora reports for any possible Aurora Borealis being visible from southern Arizona. None reported.

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