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iPhone Astrophotography:
Messier Galaxy, Open Star Clusters, Crab Nebula

Posted: 20 November 2017

Open: Sunday, 19 November 2017, 2120 MST
Temperature: 59°F
Session: 1167
Conditions: Clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

2126 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed M77 (galaxy), 102X and 81X.

Then began setting up to image M77 and some other Messier Catalog objects for my iPhone Messier Catalog Photo Album. Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter.

2133 MST: StarLock ON.

Took these StarLock autoguided afocal 81X images using the iOS app NightCap Camera (Long Exposure, Light Boost, ISO 8448, 1/3sec, 1 minute exposure):

M77 (galaxy; some spiral arm structure faintly visible)

M35 (open star cluster)

M36 (open star cluster)

M37 (open star cluster)

M38 (open star cluster)

M1 (Crab Nebula, supernova remnant)

2159 MST: StarLock OFF. Ended imaging.

Viewed M1 (Crab Nebula), 81X and 102X.

Then viewed M42 (Great Orion Nebula), 102X. Always a nice sight.

Lastly, viewed M78 (nebula), 102X.

2214 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 19 November 2017, 2222 MST
Temperature: 58°F
Session Length: 1h 02m
Conditions: Clear

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