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iPhone Imaging, Moon on Dome

Posted: 8 January 2020

Open: Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 1813 MST
Temperature: 63°F
Session: 1422
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1819 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

I stepped outside of the observatory and took this photo of the observatory. The waxing gibbous Moon is being projected onto the observatory dome from the 12" telescope using the 2" 24mm eyepiece (magnification 102X). Some stars and clouds are visible in the sky. The handheld photo was taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max using the Camera app in "Night Mode" (3 seconds, 1X lens).


I returned to the telescope and took this handheld afocal 102X photo of the Moon using the app NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/1800sec, 1X lens).


This handheld photo of the sky shows the Moon (overexposed), the constellation of Auriga with the bright star Capella (upper left), the Pleiades (near the center top edge), Orion (rising over the tree at lower right), and some clouds. It was taken with the iPhone 11 Pro Max "Night Mode" (3 seconds, 1X).


I then did some lunar observing, 102X. Seeing was not very good.

I took this handheld iPhone afocal 102X photo of the crater Aristarchus and Vallis Schröteri with NightCap Camera (ISO 21, 1/320sec, 2X telephoto lens).


1851 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 1900 MST
Temperature: 55°F
Session Length: 0h 47m
Conditions: Partly cloudy

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