Solar Eclipse iAstrophotography

As some of you may already know, there is an exciting solar eclipse coming up on Friday, March 20th, 2015! Don’t know much about what a solar eclipse is?  Check out this story at Universe Today. It has great details about the eclipse and how to best view it (note: the eclipse will not be viewable in all areas, including North America). However, Northern Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia, and all of Europe should get great views – better the further north you are. Read more ›

My New Favorite iPhone Telescope Adapter for iAstrophotography!

I’ve been writing a bit lately about different smartphone adapters for both telescopes and binoculars, as this is perhaps the most essential accessory to really get going with iAstrophotography.  In the past I’ve written about the Orion SteadyPix Universal Smartphone Adapter and the SnapZoom.  But now, I want to discuss my new favorite iPhone adapter for both telescopes and binoculars.

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New iPhone Telescope Adapter – SnapZoom – Part 2

I’ve got a few more nights of experience with the SnapZoom under my belt, so I wanted to provide a little update.  If you missed part 1 of my review of the SnapZoom, you can check it out here.  On to the details…

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New iPhone Telescope Adapter – SnapZoom – Part 1

Fellow iAstrophotographers!

I’ve received a few emails that the Orion SteadyPix Universal Smartphone Adapter is currently unavailable on Amazon, and it looks to be true.  Don’t fear though!  There are several other great options for adapters out there, and this is a great opportunity to check some of them out.  Let’s start with a look at the SnapZoom. Read more ›

The Orion Nebula – iAstrophotography

The other weekend I had a chance to do some awesome iPhone astrophotography of Messier 42, better known as the Orion Nebula.  I drove about an hour and fifteen minutes northeast from San Diego to just outside a small town called Julian.  The slight elevation and surrounding mountains cut down on a lot of the San Diego light pollution to make for some excellent dark skies.  Below, I’ll go through some of the details on how I was able to capture this shot of the Orion Nebula on my iPhone.

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Telescopes to Tanzania

Hey there!  I wanted to share an amazing charitable effort that I recently came across.  It’s called Telescopes to Tanzania, and it’s an outreach campaign of Astronomers Without Borders.

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Suggested App: Sky Guide

Cheers to all the budding astronomers and iAstrophotographers out there!  I wanted to suggest and review my favorite astronomical app:  Sky Guide.

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Back at the helm

Man, it’s been too long since last posting!  Due to some increased work travel, it’s been tough finding time to get the scope out, let alone write about it.  But with things settling down, it’s time to get back at it, and there are three pieces of news/stories I wanted to share:

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iPhone Mounts for iAstrophotography

***IMPORTANT UPDATE***  It seems as though the Orion SteadyPix Universal Smartphone Adapter is currently unavailable on Amazon.  Please see this new post for an alternative mount solution: SnapZoom Review Part 1.

***Update to the Update*** I’ve now written about my new favorite iPhone or other smartphone adapter, the Carson Universal.  Check it out here!

If you’re like me, your first experience with iPhone Astrophotography, or iAstrophotography, was holding your smartphone camera up to the eyepiece of your telescope.  It’s a delicate act trying to steadily hold the iPhone and simultaneously snap a picture, but the results can be surprisingly promising.

There’s a better way…

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New Scope Test Run

The second night with my new telescope, I was fortunate enough to have clear skies.  So I propped my new Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ-MD up on the rooftop patio of my apartment.  Then I went to work aligning the finderscope.  What next? Read more ›

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