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Moon Photos with iPhone on 12" LX600

Posted: 25 May 2018

Open: Thursday, 24 May 2018, 1859 MST
Temperature: 93°F
Session: 1238
Conditions: Clear, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 8 Plus

1906 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Venus, 102X. Nice gibbous phase.

Viewed the gibbous Moon, 102X. Both the Moon and Venus had about the same gibbous phase this night (~80% illuminated).

1924 MST: sunset.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter for this afocal 81X image taken with NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/3200sec):


I then did some lunar observing, 271X.

Mounted the iPhone on the 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece for these NightCap Camera images approximately centered on the craters Plato, Copernicus, and Clavius:


1948 MST: viewed Jupiter, 271X and 102X, through a tree. The four Galilean Moons were visible.

1958 MST: LX600 OFF.

As I was leaving the observatory I saw a Kissing Bug on the outside of the dome. Hadn't seen one since the 16 May session when I saw the first one of the season.

Close: Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2009 MST
Temperature: 81°F
Session Length: 1h 10m
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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