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#1 JimB1


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:04 PM

The clouds cleared this evening and the moon was very bright so after I was viewing a while I figured I’d try some simple photos with my iPhone SE (older model but compact and works well for me) using an inexpensive no name cell phone mount from amazon. My scope is a Meade 395 90mm f/11 1000 focal length. 


These are using a Meade 8-24 zoom set to 8mm

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These are using a 5.5mm Meade 5000 UWA 
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On the ones from the 5.5mm there’s an eyelash or something at about 8 o’clock lower left side.

I think they came out pretty good for a set of quick and simple shots taken on the fly with no processing though.


I guess this is how most get started on astrophotography. I suppose I need to start reading about processing images now. So much to learn, so little time LOL.


let me know what you think and maybe info on where to start. Is there an Astrophotography for dummies book maybe? lol.gif




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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:40 PM



This is exactly how I started.  I bought a cheap cell phone adapter off Amazon (I think Celestron makes one now actually) and took still photos of the moon and some overexposed planets.  It's a fun place to start and I definitely annoyed my family and friends by showing them photos at every opportunity.


To get into planetary imaging, we're mainly taking video, stacking the frames, and sharpening the stacked image.  I started out with just my phone, taking videos using the camera app and also with an app that you can download called NightCapPro.  After transferring the videos to my computer, I turned them into .avi format using PIPP, then stacked the images using Autostakkert3, and sharpened them in Registax 6.  All of the software is available to download for free.  I used this article, along with a lot of help from this forum, as a guide.  The results weren't great but I still managed to image banding & the GRS on Jupiter, Saturn with the Cassini division in the rings, etc.


After taking that as far as I could go I got my ASI225MC camera and started getting serious.  You can always experiment with your phone camera to get a feel for the process before spending real money on any other equipment. 


For processing, I learned a ton from Darryl's processing tutorial (thread here, contains link to his tutorial).  Learn from the master...


There's also a thread over in the beginning imaging forum dedicated to smartphone astrophotography.  The thread has a good mix of deep sky and planetary imaging.  I've got a handful of posts in there...I find it fascinating the way that many people have managed to get some good results with tools that aren't really built for the job.  

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