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iPhone 13 Pro Max Moon on Dome, Afocal Moon

Posted: 16 November 2021

Sunday, 14 November 2021, was clear, but I did not open the observatory that night due to commitments the next day.

Open: Monday, 15 November 2021, 1807 MST
Temperature: 79°F
Session: 1695
Conditions: Clear

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 50mm eyepiece
2" 14mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1811 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the planets Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter, 102X.

Viewed the Moon, 102X.

I then stepped outside of the observatory and took this handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max photo of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome. The planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus, some stars, and even the Milky Way (along the right edge of the photo) are visible above the dome in the bright moonlit sky.

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Back inside the observatory I observed the Moon, 49X.

Attached my LiDAR cover to the iPhone 13 Pro Max and mounted the phone on the 50mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

Took this iPhone afocal 49X image of the waxing gibbous Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/7500sec, 1X lens).


This will be the imaging setup for Friday morning's near Total Lunar Eclipse. Unfortunately, the current weather forecasts for then show cloudy skies.

Viewed the Moon, 174X. The entire illuminated disk of the Moon was visible in the 100° apparent field-of-view using the Explore Scientific 2" 14mm 100° eyepiece.

Took a final look at the Moon, 102X.

1849 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Monday, 15 November 2021, 1855 MST
Temperature: 67°F
Session Length: 0h 48m
Conditions: Clear

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