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iPhone 8 Plus Astrophotography: Nearly Full Moon

Posted: 3 November 2017

Thursday evening, 2 November 2017, I attended a meeting of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee. When I returned home I went to the observatory for a short session.

Open: Thursday, 2 November 2017, 2035 MST
Temperature: 65°F
Session: 1162
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 50mm eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

2040 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 49X. Bright. Slight terminator visible about 24 hours before precisely Full.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 50mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. Used the Lightning cord Earbuds as a remote shutter release.

Took the following photo of the nearly Full Moon, afocal 49X, using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 20, 1/4400sec):


Next, viewed M45 (the Pleiades), 49X and 102X. Pretty view even with the bright moonlit sky.

2103 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 2 November 2017, 2110 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session Length: 0h 35m
Conditions: Clear

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