iPhone 8 Plus Astrophotography: More Messier Globular Clusters
Posted: 26 October 2017
Open: Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 1808 MST
Conditions: Clear, hazy
1815 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
Viewed Saturm 102X.
Next, viewed the Messier globular clusters M2 and M30, 102X. I would image both of these later this session.
Viewed the Moon, 102X and 61X.
Slewed to M2 (globular cluster) and SYNCed the AutoStar. Switched to 163X. The view of M2 was nice. Mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece.
1840 MST: StarLock ON. Took StarLock autoguided iPhone 8 Plus images of M2 and M30 globular clusters using NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure).
I discovered during post-processing that autoguiding was not very accurate. Will redo these images on a future session.
Slewed to the star Altair and SYNCed the AutoStar. Slewed to M71 (globular cluster). Needed to wait a few minutes for the object to clear the observatory dome. 1900 MST: StarLock OFF.
1935 MST: StarLock ON. Did this StarLock autoguided iPhone 8 Plus image of M71 globular cluster using NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure.
Autoguiding was better for this image.
1939 MST: StarLock OFF.
Viewed M71 (globular cluster), 102X.
Then viewed the open clusters M52, M103, and the Double Cluster, 102X. I plan to image these with the iPhone on the next session.
1948 MST: LX600 OFF.
Began closing the observatory after a long day of activities.
Close: Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 2000 MST
Session Length: 1h 52m|
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