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iPhone imaging: The Pleiades

Posted: 26 September 2017

Open: Monday, 25 September 2017, 2033 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session: 1144
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
SkyTracker Pro

iPhone 6s Plus

2038 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the crescent Moon, low in the southwestern sky, 102X.

Took this handheld afocal photo, 102X, with the iPhone (Camera app):


Then viewed Saturn, also low in the southwestern sky, 102X.

2057 MST: polar aligned the iOptron SkyTracker Pro in preparation for later imaging.

2113 MST: Wi-Fi ON. Did some beta testing of an upcoming the release of the iOS app ScopeBoss. 2126 MST: Wi-Fi OFF.

2136 MST: viewed M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) and four of its satellite galaxies, M32, M110, M185, and M147, 102X.

2150 MST: set up for imaging using the iPhone 6s Plus + 8X telephoto lens on the SkyTracker Pro:


Tried to line up the Andromeda Galaxy with the 8X telephoto lens but the three-axis geared head presented some difficulty in doing that. I will use my original ball head on a future attempt.

I was able to capture M45, the Pleiades, with the iPhone + 8X telephoto, as seen in the image taken using the iOS app NightCap Pro (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure):


2239 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 25 September 2017, 2247 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session Length: 2h 14m
Conditions: Clear

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