Very Warm Spring Night – Late Gibbous Moon, May 2022

Very Warm Spring Night – Late Gibbous Moon, May 2022

May 12th, 2022, 10:11 p.m. local time

It is important to take sky viewing opportunities when you can.  Tonight’s incredibly warm temperature (80 degrees Fahrenheit) combined with a clear night dominated by the approaching Full Moon was ideal for getting the telescope outside for the second time this week.

I heard a rumor of an imminent Lunar Eclipse; I will keep my fingers crossed for agreeable weather on Sunday, although the forecast is predicting a nail-biter by the time the eclipse starts, with overcast clouds changing to clear around 10 p.m. local time.

Equipment Used:

  • 127mm Mak-Cass telescope
  • 23mm eyepiece
  • No eyepiece filter
  • iPhone XS
  • Smartphone telescope eyepiece adapter
  • Nightcap app on iPhone
  • f/1.8
  • 1/800 sec exposure
  • ISO 24
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • Minor touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro


I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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