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iPhone Moon Astrophotography

Posted: 21 April 2021

Tuesday, 20 April 2021, was clear and windy with Red Flag warnings issued (again). The wind died down after sunset.

Open: Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 1921 MST
Temperature: 78°F
Session: 1626
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece
2" 14mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1927 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1930 MST: dome OFF (onto PZT).

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 271X.

This is a handheld iPhone 11 Pro Max afocal 102X photo of the Moon with NightCap Camera (ISO 32, 1/1000sec, 1X lens).


Mounted the iPhone on the 9mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter. Took these afocal 271X photos using NightCap Camera (ISO 32, various shutter speeds, 1X lens).


Using the iPhone 2X telephoto lens, took this afocal 271X photo of the crater Clavius with NightCap Camera (ISO 100, 1/120sec).


Then did some lunar observing, 271X, 443X, and 174X. Great views of the Moon with all the Explore Scientific 2" 100° eyepieces.

2000 MST: clouds began approaching from the southwest, as seen in this iPhone photo taken with the iOS Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens, handheld).


2006 MST: LX600 OFF.

2010 MST: dome ON.

Close: Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 2017 MST
Temperature: 69°F
Session Length: 0h 56m
Conditions: Mostly clear

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