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iPhone Astrophotography Planets & Moon

Posted: 10 December 2022

Thursday, 8 December 2022, was cloudy. The sky cleared on Friday, 9 December.

Open: Friday, 9 December 2022, 1813 MST
Temperature: 61°F
Session: 1811
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 13 Pro Max

I remounted the finderscopes on the 12" LX600 telescope. I had removed them earlier in the day to test them on another telescope.

1820 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed Saturn, 102X and 271X.

I then aligned both finderscopes.

I attached the LiDAR Cover to the iPhone 13 Pro Max and mounted the iPhone on the 2" 9mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk adapter.

I took afocal 271X single photographs of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars using NightCap Camera app and 1 minute slo-mo (240fps) video recordings using the Camera app. Seeing was not good this night so the images are not very good.

Saturn (ISO 2000, 1/400sec)

Saturn (stack of 11285 video frames)

Jupiter and Great Red Spot (ISO 125, 1/35sec)

Jupiter and Great Red Spot (stack of 11319 video frames)

Mars (ISO 2000, 1/5000sec)

Mars (stack of 11309 video frames)

Slewed to the waning gibbous Moon, low in the eastern sky. Took this iPhone afocal 271X image using NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/1000sec).


Viewed the Moon, 271X and 102X.

Took this iPhone afocal 102X image of the Moon using NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/1800sec).


Last, I viewed Mars, 102X and 271X. The North Polar Cap was nicely visible.

1951 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 9 December 2022, 2001 MST
Temperature: 46°F
Session Length: 1h 48m
Conditions: Clear

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