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iPhone imaging: Venus, Waxing Gibbous Moon

Posted: 8 March 2017

Open: Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 1807 MST
Temperature: 85°F
Session: 1079
Conditions: Mostly clear

Equipment Used:
12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
Wired AutoStar II handset
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 9mm 100° eyepiece
2" 50mm eyepiece
2" 2X PowerMate

iPhone 6s Plus

1812 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF. High Precision OFF.

1814 MST: viewed Venus, 102X and 271X. Nice view of the planet's crescent phase.

Took this handheld iPhone 6s Plus photo of Venus using the Camera app, afocal 271X:


1820 MST: viewed the waxing gibbous Moon, 49X.

Mounted the iPhone 6s Plus on the 50mm eyepiece using the Levenhuk Smartphone Adapter and took this photo of the Moon, afocal 49X, iOS app NightCap Pro:


1827 MST: sunset.

Did some lunar observing, 271X. Nice sights along the lunar terminator.

1840 MST: viewed the planet Venus, 12x50 binoculars. The crescent was easily seen in the binoculars. Also viewed the Moon using the 12x50 binoculars. Pretty.

Returned to the 12" telescope, mounted the iPhone with the Levenhuk adapter on the 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece for these afocal 271X photos, taken with NightCap Pro, along the entire length of the lunar terminator:





Removed the iPhone and adapter. Added the Televue 2" 2X PowerMate to the Explore Scientific 2" 9mm 100° eyepiece for a magnification of 542X and did some lunar observing. The views of the craters Copernicus and Clavius were really good.

Using the Levenhuk adapter, took these iPhone NightCap Pro photos of Copernicus and Clavius, afocal 542X:

Crater Copernicus

Crater Clavius

Did more lunar observing, 542X.

1911 MST: began doing some NightCap Pro beta tests for the developer.

1944 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 1947 MST
Temperature: 63°F
Session Length: 1h 40m
Conditions: Mostly clear

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