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Mecury and Venus by Phone, 


            Rodney Watters

Mecury and Venus by Phone

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Imaging cameras: Apple iPhone 8 plus

Software: Pixinsight 1.8  ·  photoshop

Basic astrometry details job: 3251430

Resolution: 4032x2268

Locations: Glanmire Home Observatory, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Data source: Backyard


Proving that you can do astrophotography by phone. Image taken from my veranda at home in Glanmire, central west NSW Australia looking west towards the city of Bathurst. We see Mercury (top) and Venus (bottom) setting along with the sun at the end of a spring day. The clear sky bodes well for opening the observatory and starting an imaging run to capture data on our latest object.

Gear used here was an iPhone 8+. Only setting done on the phone was to turn the flash off. The EXIF header for the image shows that the camera settings were: ISO 160, Exp 1/4 sec, f1.8, focal length 4mm.

Some minor processing in Photoshop and Pixinsight to manage noise, a slight increase in colour saturation and to highlight the planets.



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Mecury and Venus by Phone, 


            Rodney Watters