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iPhone 8 Plus Astrophotography: M76 Little Dumbbell Nebula

Posted: 10 November 2017

Cloudy skies returned on Monday, 6 November 2017. Wednesday, 8 November, dawned with clearing skies, but clouds returned mid-day. Thursday, 9 November was clear.

Open: Thursday, 9 November 2017, 2131 MST
Temperature: 62°F
Session: 1164
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 8 Plus

2137 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Did some mirror lock tests.

2230 MST: ended tests.

Viewed M76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula, planetary nebula), 102X and 163X.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 15mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. 2241 MST: StarLock ON.

This StarLock autoguided afocal 163X image of M76 (Little Dumbbell Nebula) was taken using the iOS app NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8448, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure):


2243 MST: StarLock OFF.

2245 MST: Wi-Fi ON. Did some tests of an upcoming release of the iOS app ScopeBoss using an iPad Pro 9.7". 2257 MST: Wi-Fi OFF.

2301 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 9 November 2017, 2308 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session Length: 1h 37m
Conditions: Clear

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