Moon on May 3rd, 2020

Moon on May 3rd, 2020

May 3rd, 2020, 9:35 p.m. local time

Time to start getting the telescopes out more regularly, as the weather warms but is not too warm yet.  I almost thought I would miss the Moon tonight, as clouds started to roll in.  Despite an overall haze, I was able to both observe and take images of the Moon, though little else was visible in the sky except for a few bright stars, like Regulus.

This is a afocal image, i.e. effectively holding my phone next to the eyepiece, with the help of a smartphone mount to clasp onto the eyepiece.

Image settings for reference:

  • 254mm Dobsonian
  • f/1.8
  • 1/100 sec exposure
  • ISO 24
  • 14.5mm eyepiece (1.25″)
  • Moon filter on eyepiece
  • iPhone XS with NightCap app on eyepiece mount
  • Touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro


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