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iPhone Moon imaging

Posted: 15 October 2021

Monday, 11 October 2021, was clear but very windy (over 40 MPH at times). I did not open the observatory that night due to the strong wind. Tuesday, 12 October, dawned cloudy, but cleared mid-afternoon. However, strong winds returned and the sky was very hazy. Wednesday, 13 October, was calmer, clear, but still very hazy. I didn't open the observatory that night due to an early morning commitment the next morning. Thursday, 14 October, was clear and calm.

Open: Thursday, 14 October 2021, 1811 MST
Temperature: 76°F
Session: 1676
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 2X Powermate

iPhone 11 Pro Max

1815 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Venus, 102X.

Viewed Saturn, then Jupiter, 102X.

Viewed the Moon, 102X and 81X.

Mounted the iPhone 11 Pro Max on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter.

Took this iPhone afocal 81X image of the Moon using the iOS app NightCap Camera (1X lens).


I added the 2" 2X Powermate. These are photos of the Moon, afocal 163X, using NightCap Camera (1X lens).


Removed the iPhone and adapter. Viewed the Moon, 163X.

Viewed Jupiter, and then Saturn, 163X.

1847 MST: viewed M22 (globular cluster), 102X.

1848 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Thursday, 14 October 2021, 1857 MST
Temperature: 64°F
Session Length: 0h 46m
Conditions: Clear

On Thursday, 14 October, Explore Alliance announced that the "2nd David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party and Astrophotography Workshops" will be held 22-25 September 2022 at ORACLE STATE PARK! Oracle State Park is an "International Dark Sky Park". Details of the event are still being worked out, but I will be one of the featured speakers. I will post more details, including a link to where tickets can be purchased, when they become available.

Thanks to Adobe, I received 10 free stickers of the Cassiopeia Observatory logo from Sticker Mule.


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