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Jupiter-Venus conjunction,
More Herschel 400 observing

Posted: 28 February 2023

Open: Monday, 27 February 2023, 1816 MST
Temperature: 63°F
Session: 1838
Conditions: Mostly clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1820 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Venus, then Jupiter, 102X.

Viewed Jupiter and Venus, 12x50 binoculars. The planets were 2.2° apart so both easily fit in the 4.6° field-of-view of the binoculars.

1900 MST: Began photographing the Jupiter-Venus conjunction. Jupiter is above and left of Venus.

iPhone 13 Pro Max, Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens)

D850 DSLR (f/8, 1/4sec, FL 600mm, slight crop)

1914 MST: High Precision ON.

Viewed the following Herschel 400 Catalog open clusters, 102X: NGC2186, NGC2194, NGC2204, NGC2215, NGC2232, NGC2244, NGC2251, NGC2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster, Cone Nebula faintly visible), NGC2266, NGC2281, and NGC2286. I tried to view NGC2185 (nebula), but it was not visible in the bright moonlit sky. I have now observed 127 objects in the Herschel 400 Catalog.

Viewed the Moon, 102X.

Took this handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max afocal 102X photo using NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/710sec, 1X lens).


1951 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 27 February 2023, 2001 MST
Temperature: 44°F
Session Length: 1h 45m
Conditions: Clear

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