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Moon Observing with 12x70 Binoculars;
ISS Pass with iPhone NightCap Pro

Posted: 16 June 2016

Open: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 1904 MST
Temperature: 88°F
Session: 984
Conditions: Clear, breezy

Equipment Used:
12x70 Binoculars

iPhone 6s Plus
D7200 DSLR

While waiting for the replacement 12" LX600 telescope to arrive I have been using some of my other telescopes. In recent nights I have used my ETX-105PE and ETX-70AT telescopes. For this night I decided to use my Celestron Cometron 12x70 Binoculars for some observing. I mounted the binoculars on a photographic tripod:


This handheld iPhone 6s Plus photograph of the waxing gibbous Moon was taken afocally through one side of the binoculars:


I then did some more lunar observing through the 12x70 binoculars.

1930 MST: sighted Jupiter high in the sky with the naked eye. 1934 MST: viewed Jupiter in the 12x70 binoculars; no moons were visible (sky too bright) but the Jovian disk was nicely visible.

1937 MST: sunset. Calm now. Took a last look at Jupiter with the binoculars.

Removed the binoculars from the tripod and mounted the Nikon D7200 DSLR with the Tamron 150-600mm lens. Took this (cropped) photo of the Moon, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 400, FL 600mm, White Balance Auto:


1949 MST: began preparing to photograph the upcoming pass of the International Space Station (ISS) with the iPhone 6s Plus using the "ISS mode" of the iOS app NightCap Pro. Mounted the iPhone on the camera tripod using the SteadyPix. The ISS would rise in the northwest in a still bright twilight sky, so would be difficult to initially see. Unfortunately I missed imaging the beginning of the pass. I had to move the tripod to capture the end of the pass in the eastern sky. But I did manage to get the ISS:


The "ISS mode" of NightCap Pro is very handy to automatically photograph bright satellites. If you have an iPhone you should check it out. You can learn more from my review.

Close: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 2022 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session Length: 1h 18m
Conditions: Clear

I have posted an update to my review of the Revolution Imager. Check it out, especially if you already own one.

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