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iPhone imaging: Venus, Sunset Clouds, Lunar Crater Gassendi

Posted: 9 March 2017

Open: Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 1807 MST
Temperature: 91°F
Session: 1080
Conditions: Partly cloudy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 2X PowerMate
2" 50mm eyepiece

iPhone 6s Plus

1812 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planet Venus, 102X and 271X. Thin crescent phase visible through thin clouds.

1816 MST: took this handheld iPhone 6s Plus photo of Venus, afocal 271X, using the iOS app NightCap Pro (ISO 25, 1/1250sec):


1827 MST: sunset.

1836 MST: viewed the waxing gibbous Moon through thin clouds in the 12" telescope, 102X, 271X, and 542X. The crater Gassendi looked good this evening. Switched to the 2" 50mm eyepiece for iPhone Moon imaging.

1843 MST: view of the western sky from outside of the observatory with Venus faintly visible near the top center, taken with the Camera app on the iPhone:

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Mounted the iPhone on the 50mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. This is an afocal 49X image taken with NightCap Pro (ISO 25, 1/1500sec):


Switched to the 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece and remounted the adapter and iPhone for this image of the crater Gassendi, afocal 271X, taken with NightCap Pro (ISO 160, 1/60sec):


Tried imaging the Moon at 542X but the clouds did not permit a good image to be captured.

1906 MST: ended imaging. Did some lunar observing, 271X.

1915 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 1926 MST
Temperature: 70°F
Session Length: 1h 19m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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