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#1 mpaul73

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 02:28 PM

Took this last night with iPhone. I was kind of shocked how good it was!

 

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:13 PM

Wow, that is good. How about telling us exactly how you shot the image?



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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:49 PM

It competes very well with the stacked frames.

 

Any details to share?

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:54 PM

Believe it or not I just held my phone camera up to the eyepiece (8mm Televue Delos) and took the shot! Scope was Skywatcher 8" 200P. I cropped and sharpened it a little on my phone. I noticed that I had to hold it real steady for the camera to really "snap" the focus.


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:12 PM

One of those phone brackets can help hold it steady.



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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:13 PM

Believe it or not I just held my phone camera up to the eyepiece (8mm Televue Delos) and took the shot! Scope was Skywatcher 8" 200P. I cropped and sharpened it a little on my phone. I noticed that I had to hold it real steady for the camera to really "snap" the focus.

Which iPhone was it?

 

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:15 PM

one word WOW


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#8 mpaul73

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 05:27 PM

Which iPhone was it?

 

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It was a iPhone XS Max. I tell ya, phones have come a long way!


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 05:56 PM

It was a iPhone XS Max. I tell ya, phones have come a long way!

O.K., this iPhone costs 3x my Panasonic Lumix, I am using for the afocal photography on the scope, and on the microscope.

I have pulled a copy of your pic through the PS, and even more details come out, incredible, phantastic, it's a game changer.

 

Once again, thank you for sharing your way,

JG



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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:19 AM

Very impressive mpaul73!  I was using my iPhone 8plus ((C8-A)+BHZ) to capture some lunar images a few nights ago but didn’t get nearly the single image quality you got!  
 

Seeing was only <Avg.  that night for me,  how was your ‘seeing’ the night you took your iPhone XS Images?

 

Again, very nice!


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 07:12 PM

I am assuming seeing was good. I am new to this so apart from star "twinkle" I don't know how to gauge it very well. It was very clear and frosty and the dob was cooled down. There was certainly a "wow factor" looking through the EP.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 07:35 PM

That's quite a photo for a hand-held phone.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:50 PM

I am assuming seeing was good. I am new to this so apart from star "twinkle" I don't know how to gauge it very well. It was very clear and frosty and the dob was cooled down. There was certainly a "wow factor" looking through the EP.

I’m looking at your image and can easily detect Hadley ‘C’ along with a bit of Rima Hadley...  very neat!

 

Again, thanks for sharing !


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 10:18 PM

My wife just looked at your photo and thinks it's great, mpaul73.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 10:18 PM

Well, I tried with my iphone7 through my 70mm shorty w/a Skywatcher 25mm plossl that came with my dob and all I got was this...

https://i.imgur.com/r3PQ1XU.jpg

Clearly my phone’s not packing the same heat(and that goes for my grab-n-go as well)😝😝😝😝😝😝😝

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 09:50 AM

I am assuming seeing was good. I am new to this so apart from star "twinkle" I don't know how to gauge it very well. It was very clear and frosty and the dob was cooled down. There was certainly a "wow factor" looking through the EP.

mpaul73, could you check your iPhone XS Camera settings and let me know if you have in your ‘Camera’ settings ‘Formats’ set to  ‘High Efficiency’ or ‘Most Compatible’ ?

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:16 AM

mpaul73, could you check your iPhone XS Camera settings and let me know if you have in your ‘Camera’ settings ‘Formats’ set to  ‘High Efficiency’ or ‘Most Compatible’ ?

 

Thanks in advance.

Hi AJK. I checked the settings and it is set at "High Efficiency".


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:18 AM

Well, I tried with my iphone7 through my 70mm shorty w/a Skywatcher 25mm plossl that came with my dob and all I got was this...

https://i.imgur.com/r3PQ1XU.jpg

Clearly my phone’s not packing the same heat(and that goes for my grab-n-go as well)

Keep trying. There's definitely room the improve there! lol.gif



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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:35 AM

Here is an uncropped and enhanced to pull more detail.

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 01:49 PM

Here is an uncropped and enhanced to pull more detail.

 

<a href="https://ibb.co/C9jbcjJ">

 

I’m really impressed mpaul73!  I’m strictly a ‘visual’ observer , but like to capture some images easily with my 8Plus.  Your URL link image easily shows me portions of the Rima Hadley in greater detail.  Also, the ‘Massif’ of Plato has some detail preserved.... very, very neat!

Hi AJK. I checked the settings and it is set at "High Efficiency".

Thanks for checking.  It seems the ‘High Efficiency’ setting, that you and I are using, employs an  aggressive compression algorithm for storage efficiency.  The ‘Most Compatible’ setting seems to store the image in std. JPEG and preserves the image in greater detail with less compression.  Hmmmm,  most definitely I’m going to try some experimentation with my 8Plus and my wife’s iPhone XS next good seeing session. 


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:12 AM

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IPhone 6 tonight, Bortle 5 skies, north of San Diego, using TeleVue 19 mm panoptic and 3.5” Questar:


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 11:19 PM

Image below taken with iPhone 8 plus with C6 and TV 32P during last full moon phase.  Chicago 8.5 Bortle.

 

Just came up to my SQM 21.35 skies last night, but as we arrived, heavy overcast rolled in...  sooooo sad.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:27 PM

I had an hour tonight (under my SQM 21.35 skies) and took a few images with an iPhone XS this time.  Transparency was VG+ and ‘seeing’ held at Avg+.  Temps were quickly dropping to ~ 6 deg. F so only about an hour of observing.  Image taken with C6 + BHZ @ 24mm.

 

In comparing images with the iPhone 8 Plus and XS,  the XS neural engine processing is significantly better in exposure, resolution, etc.  Reiner Gamma showed itself with reasonable contrast.  No ‘processing’ other than cropping.

 

mpaul73, thanks for showing us what the iPhone XS can do!

 

 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 10:49 PM

Here's one I got a few nights ago. Taken with Google Pixel 3.

 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 10:58 PM

These are more interesting.. 

 

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