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iPhone Lunar Craters Plato, Copernicus, Clavius

Posted: 18 May 2024

Wednesday, 15 May 2024, was mostly cloudy. Thursday, 16 May, was partly cloudy with the threat of some light rain in the area. Friday, 17 May, was clear with no threat of rain. I decided to reseal some gaps that had appeared on the dome. I had last resealed the dome in 2012.

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Open: Friday, 17 May 2024, 1809 MST
Temperature: 100°F
Session: 1969
Conditions: Clear, hazy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece
2" 5.5mm 100° eyepiece

iPhone 15 Pro Max

1814 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

Viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 102X and 81X.

Mounted the iPhone 15 Pro Max on the 2" 30mm eyepiece using the Accuview 3-Axis Smartphone Adapter.

Took this afocal 81X iPhone image of the Moon in the bright blue sky using the Camera app (1X lens).


1823 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench while waiting for the Sun to set.

1818 MST: iPhone Camera app (5X lens) photograph of the setting Sun.


1820 MST: Sunset.

Back in the observatory I viewed the Moon, 81X. Mounted the iPhone on the 30mm eyepiece and took this afocal 81X image of the Moon using the Camera app (1X lens).


I then did some lunar observing, 443X. The seeing was very good.

Mounted the iPhone on the 2" 5.5mm eyepiece using the 3-axis adapter and took these afocal 443X images using the Camera app (1X lens).

Crater Plato

Crater Copernicus

Crater Clavius

I did some more lunar observing, 443X.

1940 MST: Last look at the Moon, 102X.

1941 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Friday, 17 May 2024, 1949 MST
Temperature: 77°F
Session Length: 1h 40m
Conditions: Clear

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