Skies Finally Open – Late Crescent Moon, May 2022

Skies Finally Open – Late Crescent Moon, May 2022

May 7th, 2022, 9:42 p.m. local time

Something remarkable happened this weekend.  After what felt like months, the skies finally opened from the continual murky overcast, to reveal the Sun at day at the Moon at evening.  Although the clearness did not hold (by morning it was mostly cloudy again), this brief cataclysmic event offered the rare chance to see and photograph the Moon.

For this photography session, I used my 5-inch Mak-Cass afocally with my iPhone and the NightCap app.  The accompanying image is probably about as clear of a lunar photo as possible with the setup.

Equipment Used:

  • 127mm Mak-Cass telescope
  • 23mm eyepiece
  • No eyepiece filter
  • iPhone XS
  • Smartphone telescope eyepiece adapter
  • Nightcap app on iPhone
  • f/1.8
  • 1/500 sec exposure
  • ISO 24
  • Focal length: 4mm
  • Minor touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro


I write frequently about astrophotography, technology advice, and my other interests like science fiction. I have over 30 years of experience in computer programming, information technology, and project management.

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