Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Anyone can do astrophotography. To prove it, I took a picture of the moon using just my iPhone 3GS. I aimed it at the sky, tapped on the moon, then took the picture. I didn't even steady it against anything.
It was 2010 April 20 at 7:37 pm, and it was still twilight - that helped to reduce the contrast. The exposure time was 1/60 seconds at f/2.8.
If you look carefully, you can see a darkening near the terminator. That is a combination of Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity) and Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility).
For comparison, here is a computer generated image for the same approximate time: