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iPhone Imaging: Full Moon, Pleiades

Posted: 27 October 2015

Sunday, 25 October 2015, dawned with lots of cirrus clouds in the sky.

While not astronomical in nature, I can't resist posting these photos I took Monday morning, 26 October. Beep! Beep!



Lost another good ISS pass to the clouds early Monday evening. But then the sky cleared later that night.

Open: Monday, 26 October 2015, 2046 MST
Temperature: 63°F
Session: 871
Conditions: Clear

2054 MST: viewed the nearly Full Moon, 83X. A very slight terminator was visible.

Added the Antares f/6.3 focal reducer to the 8" LX200-ACF telescope in order to image the entire lunar disk afocally with a 26mm eyepiece and iPhone 5s. Mounted the iPhone using the Orion SteadyPix adapter (still waiting for my new iPhone 6s Plus to arrive to finalize my review). Took this afocal 48X image of the Moon using the iOS Camera app:


This is how the Moon appeared live on my Apple Watch:


2113 MST: slewed to M45 (Pleiades). Used NightCap Pro for this (edited) afocal 48X image:


This is how the Pleiades appeared live on my Apple Watch:


2135 MST: removed the iPhone, afocal adapter, and 26mm eyepiece. Viewed the Pleiades using the 2" 24mm UWA eyepiece + focal reducer (52X). Nice view even though the nearly Full Moon was nearby.

Close: Monday, 26 October 2015, 2146 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session Length: 1h 00m
Conditions: Clear

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