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What iOS app should I use for in phone astrophotography?

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#1 chanrobi

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 02:07 AM

I saw some pretty incredible smartphone photos off a pixel 6 recently on IG.

And it's got me thinking for those times when I don't have ANY equipment, just my phone -- what should I use? There seems to be a plethora of apps that allow at the very least, manual exposure length control ...

 

But before I drop my $ on any of them, has anyone used these for iphone? Recommendations?

 



#2 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 08:24 AM

NightCap is pretty robust.  I used it in connection with my 8" telescope before I purchased a real astrophotography setup.  It worked admirably for such modest equipment.  It sounds like you don't have a telescope of any kind, so you'll want a tripod with a phone mount to stabilize your phone.



#3 chanrobi

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 10:45 AM

NightCap is pretty robust.  I used it in connection with my 8" telescope before I purchased a real astrophotography setup.  It worked admirably for such modest equipment.  It sounds like you don't have a telescope of any kind, so you'll want a tripod with a phone mount to stabilize your phone.

I've got a basic ioptron skytracker + DSLR (135mm) setup, but I wanted something that I have with me all the time, which is my phone.

 

I'll check out nightcap thanks!

 

I really like the idea of pushing the envelope in terms of minimal equipment and astrophotography


Edited by chanrobi, 16 May 2022 - 10:45 AM.

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#4 dcaponeii

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 11:55 AM

NightCap is pretty robust.  I used it in connection with my 8" telescope before I purchased a real astrophotography setup.  It worked admirably for such modest equipment.  It sounds like you don't have a telescope of any kind, so you'll want a tripod with a phone mount to stabilize your phone.

Emphasis on "REAL" astrophotography.




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