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iPhone Lunar North and South Pole Regions

Posted: 3 May 2017

Open: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1818 MST
Temperature: 92°F
Session: 1107
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 6s Plus

1824 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Due to approaching clouds from the west I moved the dome OFF onto the PZT to be able to view the First Quarter Moon near the Zenith.

1830 MST: viewed the Moon, 102X. Pretty sight against the blue sky about 30 minutes before sunset. Mounted the iPhone 6s Plus on a 2" 30mm eyepiece (81X) using the Levenhuk adapter.

The Moon, afocal 81X, NightCap app (ISO 25, 1/800sec):


This is how the Moon looked on the Apple Watch:


Then did some lunar observing, 271X. The lunar polar regions were good sights this night. I would image them, clouds permitting, once the sky was darker.

Stepped outside of the observatory for this photograph of the western sky and observatory as the sun was setting:


1910 MST: sunset. Calm now. Took this iPhone vertical panoramic photograph showing the western sky and the Moon (upper left corner) almost straight up:

Click or tap on image for larger version

Returned to the 12" telescope and mounted the iPhone on the 9mm eyepiece using the adapter for these NightCap app afocal 271X images, ISO 25, 1/100sec and 1/200sec, respectively:

North Pole Region

South Pole Region

1922 MST: ended imaging. Did some more lunar observing, 271X.

1927 MST: due to the clouds began closing up for the night. Dome ON. 1932 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1943 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session Length: 1h 25m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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