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Moon imaging, Moon on Dome in 3D

Posted: 15 February 2024

Open: Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 1804 MST
Temperature: 73°F
Session: 1938
Conditions: Clear

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

iPhone 15 Pro Max

After opening the observatory dome I wanted to try to do a 3D photograph of the observatory. I used the technique described on the NASA STEREO Learning Center. I already had 3D red-blue glasses so I did not need to make them.

Using the "left" and "right" photographs I took using my iPhone 15 Pro Max (handheld), I created a 3D photograph in Adobe Photoshop 2024 using the technique described on the Create your own 3D images page.

This is the "left" photograph taken with the iPhone Camera app.


This is the 3D photograph. You'll need a pair of 3D red-blue glasses to see the 3D effect.


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

I viewed the Moon, 102X, 174X, and 271X. I then viewed Jupiter and three moons, 102X and 271X.

Back at the Moon, I took this handheld iPhone afocal 102X image of the Moon using the NightCap Camera app (ISO 55, 1/640sec, 1X lens).


I then took these handheld iPhone afocal 271X images of the Moon, NightCap Camera (ISO 55, 1/120sec, 1X lens).


1901 MST: I took this handheld photograph of the night sky using the Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 0.5X lens).

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1914 MST: I projected the Moon onto the observatory dome (102X) and took handheld "left" and "right" photographs using the iPhone Camera app (Night Mode, 3 seconds, 1X lens). This is the "left" photograph and the 3D photograph of the "Moon on Dome".


The last object viewed this session was M41 (open star cluster), 102X.

1921 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 1928 MST
Temperature: 53°F
Session Length: 1h 24m
Conditions: Clear

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