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iPhone Moon Imaging

Posted: 17 March 2019

Friday, 15 March 2019, and Saturday, 16 March, both dawned partly cloudy and windy. As sunset approached on Saturday the sky was still partly cloudy with strong breezes. I decided to go to the observatory for a short session of lunar observing and imaging if the clouds allowed.

Open: Saturday, 16 March 2019, 1735 MST
Temperature: 68°F
Session: 1338
Conditions: Partly cloudy, breezy

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 4X Powermate

iPhone 8 Plus

1747 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Did some tests of a new product.

I added the 2nd LX600 counterweight. I had recently noticed that with the addition of the 2nd finderscope along with the 2" 24mm UWA eyepiece, the balance was a little off. When I finished balancing the OTA I SYNCed the AutoStar on the star Sirius.

1824 MST: viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X.

1835 MST: sunset.

Mounted the iPhone 8 Plus on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using my new Phone Skope afocal adapter. Took this afocal 81X photo on the Moon with the NightCap Camera app (ISO 22, 1/2500sec) using the Phone Skope Bluetooth Shutter Remote:


Added the Tele Vue 2" 4X Powermate and took these afocal 325X photos of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/180, 1/300, and 1/400sec, respectively) and the Shutter Remote:

Crater Plato

Crater Copernicus

Craters Tycho and Clavius

1849 MST: ended lunar imaging.

Did some lunar observing, 325X.

1855 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 16 March 2019, 1905 MST
Temperature: 56°F
Session Length: 1h 30m
Conditions: Partly cloudy, windy

I have posted my review of the Phone Skope digiscoping adapter.

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