NGC 2903: Deep Sky Photo with the iPhone 6

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NGC 2903 taken with an iPhone! NGC 2903 is 30 million light years away and found in the constellation Leo.

This is the most difficult deep sky photo that I’ve taken with my iPhone to date. This was taken in town in an urban area on the Bortle scale so the sky was quite bright! It was also very windy constantly blowing about 25 miles an hour, so I tried to build a wind block for my telescope and had some success. I took about 45 minutes worth of 30 second exposures which gave me 90 frames to work with. And in the end I could only use 12 frames to stack. A lot of that had to do with the wind, and of course the other part of it was due to my mount.

Details –

Celestron Nexstar 8SE

Televue 20mm Plossl

Celestron F/6.3 focal reducer

iPhone 6

Orion Steadypix Adapter

Night Cap Pro App

ISO – 8000

Exposure – 30 seconds

Frames – 12 frames stacked

Stacked in Nebulosity 4

Processed in Pixinsight

M 82: Deep Sky Photo with the iPhone 6

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M 82 the Cigar Galaxy taken with the iPhone 6! M 82 is 12 million light years away located in Ursa Major.

I’m learning some new things. This is a re-edit of a previous stack of M 82 frames.

I captured this image in my backyard in the middle of town with lots of light pollution. The sky and conditions, however, were pristine. Calm, clear, and no moon. And it was cold, around 15*F.

Details

Celestron Nexstar 8SE

Televue 20mm Plossl

Celestron f/6.3 reducer

iPhone 6

Orion Steadypix Adapter

Night Cap Pro app

ISO – 8000

Exposure – 15 seconds

Frames – 6 frames

Stacked in Nebulosity

Edited in Pixinsight

M31 Andromeda Galaxy with Canon 6D

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I wanted to post this as a contrast to my Andromeda photo the other day. This is a deviation from what I usually post but I thought it was interesting. This photo of Andromeda was shot with my dad’s Canon 6D piggy backing on my Nexstar 8SE. It’s 8 10 second frames stacked. It was a full moon and our very first try at using his camera in conjunction with my tracking scope, so it’s obviously not the best ever. But we even built a home-made mount so his camera could attach to my scope. Not surprisingly, the detail is infinitely better than an iPhone but not anywhere close to as good as we’ll get in the future. Just thought it was interesting to see the difference!

M31 Andromeda Galaxy: Second Attempt with the iPhone 6

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This is my latest attempt at the Andromeda galaxy with my iPhone, through my scope. Andromeda is getting lower in the west, so I’m starting to feel a little urgency. There’s a little more detail in this one than before and certainly better color! #nightsky #stargazing #universe #galaxy #andromeda #space #longexposure #iphone #celestron #nightcappro

 

Details –

Celestron Nexstar 8SE

Televue 20mm Plossl

Celestron F/6.3 focal reducer

iPhone 6

Orion Steadypix Adapter

Night Cap Pro App

ISO – 8000

Exposure – 15 seconds

Frames – 10 frames stacked

Stacked in Nebulosity 4

Light editing in Lightroom

M81 Bode’s Nebula: Deep Sky Photo with the iPhone 6

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I’ve captured Bode’s Nebula before, and it is the companion to the other nebula, the Cigar Galaxy I posted about previously. I wanted to try again under better conditions and also try to stack the photos this time around. I was successful on both counts, though, the end result is not quite as exciting as I had hoped. The golden yellow color of the galaxy came out fairly nicely though.

Specifics

  • Celestron Nexstar 8SE
  • Televue 20mm Plossl
  • Celestron F/6.3 focal reducer
  • iPhone 6
  • Orion Steadypix Adapter
  • Night Cap Pro App
  • ISO – 8000  
  • Exposure – 15 seconds
  • Frames – 14 frames stacked
  • Edits – Light editing in Lightroom