Moon Imaging: iPhone at 77X, 222X, & 444X Magnifications
Posted: 27 July 2012
Monsoon storms continued their break on Thursday, 26 July 2012. Clouds threatened during the late afternoon, but as sunset approached they decreased. The observatory was opened at 1922 MST, temperature 96°F. At 1930 MST, viewed Saturn, 77X and 206X. Then began lunar observing, 77X. Lovely view. Seeing was not very good, but using 206X and 364X, I could see some great views along the terminator at times. The south polar region was fascinating.
I switched to the visual back and mounted the iPhone 4 on the 8" LX200-ACF using the Magnilux iPhone Afocal Adapter. I took some photographs of the moon using the Camera app. All views are correct image, with north at the top. This is afocal with a 26mm eyepiece (77X):
The next four images are afocal with a 9mm eyepiece (222X):
The last four images are afocal, 9mm eyepiece + 2X Barlow Lens (444X):
I ended imaging at 2024 MST. Clouds had become more numerous while I was imaging. I did some more lunar terminator observing at 412X and 727X. There were some great glimpses occasionally.
Closed the observatory at 2059 MST, 80°F.
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