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Short Session of iPhone Moon Astrophotography

Posted: 18 November 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018, was cloudy during the day, but mostly clear by sunset.

Open: Saturday, 17 November 2018, 1747 MST
Temperature: 71°F
Session: 1306
Conditions: Mostly clear

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


1751 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn and two of its moons, low in the southwestern sky, 102X. Then viewed Mars, 102X.

Next, viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X.

Took this handheld iPhone 8 Plus afocal 102X photo of the Moon using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/120sec):


I then did some lunar observing, 271X. Seeing was not as good this session as on the previous night. Clouds in the western sky were getting higher in the sky.

Took these handheld iPhone afocal 271X photos using NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/200sec, 1/150sec, and 1/150sec):


Did some lunar observing, 102X. With the illuminated side of the Moon out of the eyepiece field-of-view I could view Earthshine on the dark side.

Then took quick looks at the planets Neptune and Uranus, 271X. Neptune's small disk was visible. The nice disk of Uranus was visible.

1829 MST: the clouds were now visible in a lot of the sky.

1831 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 17 November 2018, 1840 MST
Temperature: 60°F
Session Length: 0h 53m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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