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iPhone Moon imaging

Posted: 22 October 2020

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, dawned cloudy but cleared by late afternoon.

Open: Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 1807 MST
Temperature: 75°F
Session: 1544
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1813 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 271X.

Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon with some Earthshine were nicely positioned in the southern sky. I took several handheld photographs of them using the D850. This one (cropped from the full-frame photo) shows Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon (overexposed) with Earthshine, and a couple of stars in Sagittarius.

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Then I viewed the Moon, 81X. Mounted the iPhone 11 Pro Max on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter. This afocal 81X image was taken using the iOS app NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/500sec, 1X lens).


I switched to the 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece and mounted the iPhone on it for these afocal 271X images taken with NightCap Camera (ISO 32, various shutter speeds, 1X lens).


Viewed Jupiter and 3 moon, then Saturn and four moons, 271X.

1907 MST: viewed Mars, still low in the east, 271X. The North Polar Hood and the South Polar Ice Cap, along with some dark areas on the surface, were visible.

1919 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 1933 MST
Temperature: 72°F
Session Length: 1h 26m
Conditions: Clear

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