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Lunar iPhone Imaging,
Moon on Dome & Cassiopeia

Posted: 1 October 2017

Open: Saturday, 30 September 2017, 1802 MST
Temperature: 79°F
Session: 1148
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 6s Plus
D7200 DSLR

1808 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X. One minute before sunset took this handheld iPhone 6s Plus afocal 102X photo of the waxing gibbous Moon using the iOS Camera app:


1812 MST: sunset.

1815 MST: Wi-Fi ON. Did some tests of the iOS app ScopeBoss. 1821 MST: Wi-Fi OFF.

1828 MST: began lunar observing, 271X.

These are handheld iPhone 6s Plus afocal 271X photos along the terminator using the iOS app NightCap Camera:




1840 MST: viewed Saturn, 102X and 271X. The view of the planet was nice at 271X.

Returned to the Moon and viewed it at 102X. Projected the Moon's image onto the observatory dome. 1845 MST: began setting up to photograph the moonlit observatory, the Moon on the observatory dome, along with the constellation of Cassiopeia.

1859 MST: my successful D7200 DSLR, f/8, 20 seconds, ISO 1600, FL=18mm, photo of moonlit Cassiopeia Observatory with the waxing gibbous Moon visible on the dome. The constellation of Cassiopeia is visible at the upper right.

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1903 MST: done imaging. You can see more "Moon on Dome" photos on my Observatory Photography Album.

1906 MST: final look at the Moon, 102X.

1907 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 30 September 2017, 1915 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session Length: 1h 13m
Conditions: Clear

I have posted a review of the AstroAid v3 iOS App.

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