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DSLR and iPhone Lunar Imaging, Crater Copernicus

Posted: 21 November 2015

Open: Friday, 20 November 2015, 1811 MST
Temperature: 66°F
Session: 884
Conditions: Mostly clear, clouds low in west

1817 MST: viewed the Moon, 83X. The crater Copernicus was lovely. Did a quick tour of the lunar terminator, 166X. Switched back to 83X and took this handheld afocal 77X photo of the Moon using the iPhone 6s Plus:


Mounted the D7200 DSLR at prime focus for this image, 1/250sec, ISO 400:


Added the Televue 2X PowerMate for these D7200 DSLR photos:

1/250sec, ISO 1600

1/400sec, ISO 2500

Did an HD video recording, 1.3X crop factor, 60 fps, 1/400sec, ISO 6400, at prime focus + 2X PowerMate of the crater Copernicus. This is one frame from that video, cropped:


1842 MST: removed the DSLR and did some lunar observing using the Baader 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece. Clouds were now in the south and high in the west. Took this handheld iPhone 6s Plus photo, afocal 222X (cropped from the full-frame):


Did some lunar terminator touring, 222X, for awhile. Then seeing began getting worse due to the clouds approaching the Moon. Backed off to 167X and continued lunar observing. 1858 MST: last look at the Moon, 83X.

Close: Friday, 20 November 2015, 1907 MST
Temperature: 58°F
Session Length: 0h 56m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

Earlier this week I received a "Dark Sky Defender" award for 2015 from the International Dark-Sky Association. Here is the complete list of award recipients. Congratulations to all the winners!

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