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iPhone Astrophotography: Moon, M15 Globular Cluster

Posted: 30 October 2017

Open: Sunday, 29 October 2017, 2040 MST
Temperature: 70°F
Session: 1160
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
1.25" 40mm eyepiece
1.25" 15mm eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

2046 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 61X.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 40mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. Took this afocal 61X image of the Moon using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 50, 1/5300sec):


Viewed M15 (globular cluster), 61X and 163X. Mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece.

2111 MST: StarLock ON. This is a StarLock autoguided, afocal 163X, image of M15 using NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8000, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure):


2115 MST: StarLock OFF.

The image has been added to my new Messier Catalog iPhone Astrophotography album.

2119 MST: removed the iPhone and returned to the Moon. Did some lunar observing, 163X.

Mounted the iPhone on the 15mm eyepiece for these afocal 163X of the Moon's northern and southern regions using NightCap Camera (ISO 25, 1/350sec):



2131 MST: removed the iPhone and took a final look at the Moon, 102X.

2132 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 29 October 2017, 2142 MST
Temperature: 67°F
Session Length: 1h 02m
Conditions: Clear

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