One of my big astro goals for the year is to get my scope and iPhone working together to do some basic imaging. I’m not looking for Hubble quality, just some souvenir pics that I’m happy to keep and share. Maybe I’ll even print a couple. But that’s about it. And generally I’m looking for single frame shots, not detailed stacking and processing. I’ve broken the process down into six main steps, and step one is marrying the lens to the smartphone. I’ll talk more about that another time, but the moon is a great target to start with as it lets you see your results pretty fast — the so-called trial and error method.
First up for the night was my Hyperion 36mm 2″/1.25″ lens. It’s a big piece of glass, and I thought I would easily fit the whole moon into the image. Well, not so much. It was difficult to get the phone aligned over the EP, or rather the EP aligned under the phone, and with a good sized image. » Read the rest