iPhone Waning Gibbous Moon
Posted: 18 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016, I was at Oracle State Park for a "Super Moon" event. You can see my report on the Oracle Dark Skies Committee web site. Sunday, 16 October, was cloudy. Monday, 17 October, the sky cleared.
Open: Monday, 17 October 2016, 2042 MST
2046 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
2048 MST: viewed the waning gibbous Moon, 102X.
Then set up for iPhone afocal imaging using the Orion SteadyPix adapter. Using a 26mm eyepiece (94X) the Moon's disk was slightly too large to be fully visible in the image. Removed the SteadyPix and switched to a 2" 30mm eyepiece (81X), which did allow the entire lunar disk to be photographed.
This is a handheld afocal 81X iPhone photo of the Moon using the Camera app:
I did some lunar observing, 81X and 102X.
2111 MST: viewed the planet Uranus, 102X, followed by Neptune, 102X. 2113 MST: as I was observing Neptune a very faint Earth orbiting satellite passed very near the planet's disk.
Lastly, I did some planning for imaging targets for the next few sessions in the observatory.
2124 MST: LX600 OFF.
Close: Monday, 17 October 2016, 2133 MST
Session Length: 0h 51m|
I have posted a review of the PhotoPills for iOS sky astrophotography planning app. If you do sky astrophotography and have an iOS device, you want this app.
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