More SteadyPix Smartphone Afocal Adapter Tests
Posted: 1 October 2015
Open: Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 1807 MST
Conditions: Partly cloudy
1812 MST: sunset. 1813 MST: viewed Saturn, 83X. Then began preparing for more SteadyPix afocal adapter tests with my iPhone 5s. Added the f/6.3 focal reducer to the 8" telescope. My first tests were with the SteadyPix mounted piggyback on the telescope. This is how the field-of-view looked:
I then began waiting for Astronomical Twilight to end. At 1937 MST, took this photo of the Milky Way, piggyback, NightCap Pro (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/2sec, 2 minutes duration):
I then mounted the iPhone/SteadyPix on a 26mm eyepiece (plus focal reducer) and imaged M8 (Lagoon Nebula), NightCap Pro (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/2sec, 2 minutes duration):
My last SteadyPix imaging test was of M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), 26mm eyepiece (plus focal reducer), NightCap Pro (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/2sec, 5 minutes duration):
Even captured the faint M32 galaxy in the image (at bottom, center).
2020 MST: the eastern sky was beginning to brighten due to the soon-to-rise waning gibbous Moon.
Close: Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 2045 MST
Session Length: 2h 38m|
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