Critter visitors; Moon on Dome
Posted: 24 May 2018
Monday, 21 May 2018, was mostly clear but windy. Same for Tuesday, 22 May. Wednesday, 23 May, was clear and initially the wind was calm, but returned mid-afternoon. The strong winds died down before sunset.
Just before I went out to the observatory I saw this neighbor who came to visit:
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The rattlesnake was about 5 feet long.
Open: Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 1901 MST
As I opened the dome this little guy dropped off onto the observatory floor:
We both were startled!
1912 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
Viewed the Moon, 102X and 271X. Then viewed Venus, 271X. Its phase was a little more gibbous than this night's Moon.
1924 MST: sunset.
Returned to the Moon and did some more lunar observing, 271X.
I then mounted the D850 DSLR at prime focus of the 12" f/8 telescope. This is a 1/250sec, ISO 200, exposure:
Removed the camera from the telescope. Projected the Moon onto the SkyShed POD dome using a 40mm eyepiece (61X). Set up the D850 DSLR on a tripod on the observatory patio and took this photo of the "Moon on Dome":
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The star Vega is to the right of the dome.
2015 MST: ended imaging.
Viewed Jupiter, 61X and 102X. Four moons were visible.
Due to an early morning commitment I ended this session.
Close: Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 2031 MST
Session Length: 1h 30m|
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