iPhone Moon Imaging;
Cloud Shortened Session
Posted: 18 May 2016
Open: Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 1853 MST
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
Wireless AutoStar II handset
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 26mm eyepiece
1.25" 3X TeleXtender
iPhone 6s Plus
Although there were clouds low along much of the horizon, I planned to get in a long session this night. (The weather had other plans however.)
1909 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF.
1912 MST: viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X. The craters J. Herschel and Gassendi were nice this night. I planned to image them later.
1920 MST: sunset, maybe; the Sun was behind thick clouds in the western sky. The breezes were less strong now but the clouds were increasing and approaching the Zenith.
Decided I had better grab some quick photos of the Moon before the clouds hid it.
Handheld afocal photo, 102X, iPhone 6s Plus:
Then mounted the iPhone on the 12" telescope using the SteadyPix Universal Smartphone Telescope Photo Mount with a 26mm eyepiece + 3X TeleXtender, yielding 281X. Took these photos as the clouds were reaching the Moon.
Crater J. Herschel (above center), Crater Plato (right of center)
1928 MST: the sky was mostly overcast. Wow, that was a quick change. Began closing up. (Had some rain from a brief thundershower about an hour after closing.)
Close: Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 1950 MST
Session Length: 0h 57m|
Conditions: Mostly cloudy
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