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iPhone Moon, Night Scope Tests

Posted: 18 April 2019

Cloudy skies returned on Sunday, 14 April 2019, and continued until Wednesday evening, 17 April. Had 0.21" rain overnight on Tuesday, 16 April, and Wednesday morning, 17 April.

Open: Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1829 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session: 1345
Conditions: Mostly clear, breezy

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

iPhone 8 Plus

1839 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, through a tree, 102X and 81X.

1856 MST: sunset.

1905 MST: the Moon was now above the tree to the east of the observatory.

1942 MST: took this handheld afocal 81X photo of the Moon with the iPhone 8 Plus and the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 22, 1/3200sec):


I then did my initial nighttime tests of a newly received night scope. I will post the results on my upcoming review, which won't be until some time after Full Moon this month. 2039 MST: ended tests.

2043 MST: final look at the nearly Full Moon, 102X.

2044 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 2056 MST
Temperature: 56°F
Session Length: 2h 27m
Conditions: Clear

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