How do you take a good picture of the moon, which is over 380,000 km from Earth? At night? Using your smartphone? After all, even with a professional DSLR, capturing good pictures of the moon can be challenging.
For 15-year-old Andrew Dean from Kent, United Kingdom, it was a fun way to test the abilities of his favorite technology toys. Drawing on his photography, astronomy, and science education, Andrew used his HTC One X and a TAL-120M telescope with 15 mm eyepiece to snap this magnified view of Earth’s only natural satellite.
After taking a few test shots, Andrew adjusted the ISO settings and exposure on his One X. Finally, he placed the camera lens to the eyepiece and captured his final photo, an awesome close-up of the Sea of Tranquility.
For anyone interested in capturing his or her own moonshot, you can follow Andrew’s tips below. You can see more of Andrew’s photography by visiting his blog.
Great shot Andrew! What’s the most creative shot you’ve taken with your smartphone?
Andrew’s tips for smartphone moon photography:
Make sure you have:
- Your HTC One series phone
- A reflector or refractor telescope
- A 15mm eyepiece
- A cloudless sky
- Possibly a warm drink (if its a cold night)
First, you need to make some adjustments to your smartphones ISO and Exposure settings. To do this, launch the camera and then select the settings icon. Under settings, select ISO, which is set to “Auto” by default, and tap 100. Changing to ISO 100 will make sure you don’t get too much light into the photo background.
Next, select “Image adjustments” and change the Exposure to “-2,” which let’s the camera know you are shooting a night scene and want the overall brightness to be dark grey.
Now your camera is ready and it’s time to place the lens against the eyepiece. This is where the patience comes in; as it can be hard line it up correctly. Then start taking photos! It may take time to get the right shot, so have your warm drink handy. Most of all, have fun.