Full Christmas Moon with iPhone

3 Jan

December 25th saw the first Christmas Day full moon since 1977, and I was able to capture it with my iPhone 6 attached to an 8″ telescope. Despite horribly cloudy weather through December and January so far, we had two clear nights in a row (December 24th and 25th) which allowed me to take the telescope out for a spin.


This is a stacked image of 50+ frames taken with iPhone video through a Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope on the night of December 25, 2015 when the moon was just past full in Ottawa, Canada.

I took two separate videos of the moon (one of the top portion, and one of the bottom portion) with the FiLMiC Pro iPhone app because the entire moon could not fit in the video frame. I merged and rotated the stacked images from those two videos in Photoshop, and then edited them for sharpness and clarity using the iPhone apps Camera+ and SnapSeed.

You can see more of my smartphone astrophotography on Flickr.





One Response to “Full Christmas Moon with iPhone”

  1. Jim Ruebush January 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    Beautiful capture.

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