Total Lunar Eclipse Preparation
Posted: 30 January 2018
Open: Monday, 29 January 2018, 1815 MST
Conditions: Mostly clear, windy
Strong winds during the daytime continued after sunset. I opened the dome but did not uncover the 12" telescope due to the wind.
I set up the D7200 DSLR + 150-600mm lens on the observatory patio to photograph the near Full Moon in preparation for Wednesday morning's Total Lunar Eclipse:
This is a full-frame f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 200, White Balance Auto, FL 600mm photo of the nearly Full Moon:
This is the same image but cropped:
I then did some observing using my 12x50 binoculars: M42 (Great Nebula in Orion), M45 (Pleiades), M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), Double Cluster (open star clusters), and the Moon.
1900 MST: there were still strong wind gusts and with strong winds forecast to continue I decided to close up for the night.
Close: Monday, 29 January 2018, 1907 MST
Session Length: 0h 52m|
Conditions: Clear, windy
BREAKING NEWS: In May 2015 I was selected to join the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Places Committee. On 29 January 2018 I was chosen by the IDA Board of Directors to fill the newly created position of the Chair, IDA International Dark Sky Places Committee.
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