Debbie Ivester: My First Photo of The Moon Using an iPhone. I’d Like To Now Try With My DSLR Camera and an 80mm f/5 Refractor.

I was using an iPhone 10 and a 6-inch f/6 imaging reflector with a 24mm eyepiece for a magnification of 38x.  After focusing the telescope on the moon, I then handheld the phone up to the telescope eyepiece.  This was a bit more difficult than I would have thought.  

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The phone had to be perfectly aligned over the telescope eyepiece, while looking at the phone screen, which required some slight moving around until the moon was visible.  Then a light tap on the phone shutter button, and there was an image of the moon.  Pretty incredible!  A bit of practice was required to get this right. 

Unfortunately some high cirrus clouds began covering the moon.  I chose to use the following photo, despite the clouds as this was my best.  I’ll try again on a better night.  It was also really cold!  

It would have been great if I’d tried this during the lunar eclipse.  

Roger helped me to accomplish this goal on a very cold night. 

Also, thanks to Richard Nugent of Boston for the post of the Lunar Eclipse that spawned my appetite or interest in making a photo using an iPhone and a telescope.  

This is not a big deal to serious astrophotographers, but I’d just always wanted to take a photo of the moon.   

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Just received my T-ring and adapter, and have attached my DSLR to an 80mm f/5 refractor.  I hope to try the moon again with this combination.  Debbie 

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