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iPhone 11 Pro Max Moon & Moon on Dome

Posted: 14 October 2019

Open: Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2018 MST
Temperature: 74°F
Session: 1395
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

2023 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Took a quick look at Saturn, 102X.

Then viewed the just past Full Moon, 102X. A slight terminator was visible.

I took this handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 102X photo of the Moon using the Ultra Wide Angle lens (0.5X) with the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 21, 1/4800sec).


The Full Moon nearly filled the eyepiece field-of-view, making it difficult to get the Moon's entire disk in 1X lens. So using the 0.5X lens of the iPhone 11 Pro Max was a beneficial.

I then stepped outside of the observatory of the observatory and used the iPhone 11 Pro Max for this handheld photo taken with the Camera app (Night Mode setting) showing the Full Moon projected onto the observatory dome from the 12" telescope.


In the past when I've done the "Moon on Dome" photos I normally used a long exposure with a DSLR on a tripod or stable platform. Night Mode on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is amazing.

2042 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2048 MST
Temperature: 70°F
Session Length: 0h 30m
Conditions: Clear

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