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iPhone 6s Plus Moon Imaging

Posted: 22 November 2015

Open: Saturday, 21 November 2015, 1759 MST
Temperature: 66°F
Session: 885
Conditions: Clear, breezy

1806 MST: viewed the Moon, 83X and 222X. Some nice views, but seeing was not very good. I then began doing Moon afocal astrophotography with the Apple iPhone 6s Plus (iOS Camera app). This is a handheld photo with the Meade Series 5000 2" 24mm UWA eyepiece (83X):


I then mounted the iPhone on the Orion SteadyPix Universal Smartphone Telescope Photo Mount. This photo was taken with a Meade Series 4000 1.25" 26mm eyepiece (77X):


Not much difference as the magnification was similar.

I then added the Televue 2" 2X PowerMate to the 26mm eyepiece (154X) for these images north to south along the lunar terminator:




1826 MST: did some lunar touring using the Explore Scientific 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece (222X). The gentle breezes had changed to some strong wind gusts and seeing was definitely not very good. However, there were some fascinating sights along the terminator. In particular were some illuminated mountain peaks and mountain peak shadows, as seen left of center in this handheld iPhone (cropped) photo at 222X:


I monitored sunrise at that location as more of the illuminated peaks appeared. Unfortunately, the wind was increasing, making observing difficult. I decided to close up.

Close: Saturday, 21 November 2015, 1846 MST
Temperature: 60°F
Session Length: 0h 47m
Conditions: Clear, windy

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