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SGL 2022 Challenge 7 - Mobile Phone Imaging


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Mobile phone imaging technology has been the driving force in the development of ever better camera chips in recent years.  Consumers demand chips with superb video capabilities and low light performance.  The CMOS chips we enjoy today are a very welcome by product of this imaging revolution.

So, here is your chance to test the limits of your mobile phone.  All astro related images are accepted,  widefield, deep sky, solar system.

Please provide information regarding how  you went about capturing your image including equipment used, especially the mobile phone used and how you mounted it.

Start date 1st July 2022

End date 30th September 2022

As previously the winner and runners up will receive an SGL challenge mug showing their image along with a virtual medal-of-honour for their SGL signature.

Please post entries directly into this thread

To keep the thread manageable for the judges please do not post comments about entries, emoji reactions are welcome of course.

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RULES

All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). 
Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. 
Multiple entries are allowed but please make a fresh post within the thread.
Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted.

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My picture of the M57 and surrounding star field taken with my home built equatorial platform and 8 inch dob with Samsung phone afocal. I had to line up with the finder and hope M57 was in the field of view of the 25mm eyepiece and thankfully it was. This was night one of using the platform to image.

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Chucking my first effort in, not huge amounts going on at the minute that plays well with phone cameras.

This evening’s gloaming evening moon. Taken with a Tak 76DC, Pentax 10XW & 5XW with a hand held iPhone 11 using Halide to capture RAW images. A single image processed with Lightroom.

 

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I managed to get this shot of Jupiter on Sunday morning.

It was taken with the long-hated and despised Powerseeker 127eq, a 2x powermate (weird combo, I know), the RA motor from Celestron and my Motorola G60, I believe it is F1.9 - 6.03mm

Hoping to make an equatorial stand for another 10" dob I have one day. 

 

 

 

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Today’s early sun in white light.

Tak 76 DC, Pentax 7XW, Tak TOE 4mm and Baader solar continuum filter. Afocal hand held single image captured in Halide as RAW with iPhone 11. Processed & converted to mono in Lightroom.

 

 

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Here's my sun spots from today.

Opticstar 127mm,  on skytee II mount 

Baddar solar film.

ES82  11mm.

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Moon Last Night on the 7/07/22. 

After having a BBQ the moon, looking good, was too hard to resist even thought it was low in the sky. 

Had some fun scanning up and down the terminator. Before packing up I tried for some snaps. 10:15pm - the moon looked to be around 20deg and at this magnification, x200, my small Newtonian was at its very limit. 

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145p, iPhone 12, cheap no-name smartphone holder, BST StarGuider 5mm plus x2 Ostara Barlow. Single snap using stock camera app, rotated, cropped with some basic editing using the camera app. 

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ISS passing under the Milky Way. While I was out shooting ISS with my Dob this morning, I setup my Pixel 4a on astrophotography mode and captured the ISS overhead. The Milky Way is also visible. This the output of the astrophotography video from the mobile.

 

 

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Sunday 10th July 2022, 11.30pm. Waxing Gibbous moon - hunting for Kepler and associated craters (Kepler A shown). 

Skywatcher Starquest 102 mc (Maksutov) and iPhone 12 Pro (along with Celestron NexYZ adapter and 25mm Plossl). 
 

Single shot with basic edits in camera (native iOS app). 
 

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“Buck moon” lunar perigee 13th July. iPhone 12 Pro simply held by hand over a 32mm Plossl on the Heritage 150p. 
Sharpened using stock iOS camera app. 
 

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A little more experimental here - first attempt at processing a video from iPhone. Saturn captured at approx 4am 16th July. 
10” Dobsonian (untracked), with iPhone 12 Pro (4K resolution) afocal with 8mm eyepiece (helped by Celestron NexYZ adapter). 
Approx 1 minute of video in total. 
Could not get output to work with PIPP at all, even when downsampled. Attempted conversion to AVI format using VCL but the output here didn’t work in Registax or AS3! 
Then tried importing the 1080p version of the file into Lynkeos on Mac, and this worked ! Aligned, stacked and processed within Lynkeos and final output shown here. I’d say marginally better than my first  and only other attempt (so far) at Saturn imaging using a ZWO planetary cam last year. 
 

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M57 (Ring Nebula)

July 7th 01:28 GMT+3

Skywatcher 254mm f/4.7 dobsonian manual.

iPhone 12 Pro Max main camera mounted to the eyepiece

25mm 52° eyepiece projection 

Native camera app, 10 second exposure, (the camera app has a nightmode which allows for long exposures, it is designed to stabilize hand shaking, therefore it was able to stabilize field rotation over the 10 seccond exposure time).

 

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M13 (Hercules Globular Cluster)

July 10th 01:06 GMT+3

Skywatcher 254mm f/4.7 dobsonian manual.

iPhone 12 Pro Max main camera mounted to the eyepiece

25mm 52° eyepiece projection 

Native camera app, 12 second exposure, (the camera app has a night-mode which allows for long exposures, it is designed to stabilize hand shaking, therefore it was able to stabilize field rotation over the 12 seccond exposure time).

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Milkyway Core

Lithuania, outside of Kaunas.

Bortle 2

July 8th 01:14 GMT+3

iPhone 12 Pro Max main camera on a tripod

Native camera app, 30 second exposure, (the camera app has a night-mode which allows for long exposures).

Edited in Snapseed.

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Milkyway Core

Lithuania, outside of Kaunas.

Bortle 2

July 7th 01:02 GMT+3

iPhone 12 Pro Max main camera on a tripod

Native camera app, 30 second exposure, (the camera app has a night-mode which allows for long exposures).

Edited in native camera app, then Snapseed.

Might have pushed the temperature a bit too fat to the blue side but it gives it a unique look in my opinion.

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25 day old moon, 24/07/2022.

William Optics ZS73, Pentax XW 10mm. Samsung Note 20 Ultra handheld over the EP, and image lightly processed with Google Photos. 

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Venus (lower left), Mars (upper right), and M45 in the middle. Taken with a Pixel 4A, on a static tripod, in Astrophotography mode.

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