ETX-105/LXD55 GEM, iPhone Moon,
ISS and Venus-Saturn Conjunction
Posted: 12 December 2019
Wednesday, 11 December 2019, began overcast but mostly cleared by mid-afternoon.
Open: Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1803 MST
Conditions: Mostly clear
After arriving at the observatory I took this iPhone 11 Pro Max photo of the southwestern sky showing the planets Venus and Saturn. It was taken with the Camera app (Night Mode), handheld.
I set up the Meade ETX-105 (received in 2005) on the LXD55 GEM (received in 2002) on the observatory patio.
1825 MST: LXD55 ON.
Viewed Saturn, 57X. The Ring system was nicely visible. Then viewed Venus, 57X. A slight gibbous phase was visible. Viewed the Moon, 57X. The Moon phase was about 5 hours before exactly Full.
I attached the iPhone to a 26mm eyepiece using the Meade Smartphone Adapter. Took the following afocal 57X photo of the Moon using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/3100sec, 1X lens). I used the Phone Skope Shutter Remote as a Bluetooth remote shutter release.
I switched to the 2X lens for this afocal 57X photo of the Moon with NightCap Camera (ISO 21, 1/120sec, 2X lens).
I removed the iPhone and adapter and did some more Moon observing, 57X.
The clouds were increasing by this time.
1858 MST: LXD55 OFF.
1904 MST: saw the International Space Station near Venus and Saturn in the southwestern sky. Grabbed this quick handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max photo (Night Mode) showing a slight trail of the bright ISS (at the left), the planets at the right, and moonlit clouds.
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Close: Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1910 MST
Session Length: 1h 07m|
Conditions: Mostly cloudy
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