SnapZoom First Light.

This weekend, I tried the SnapZoom that I purchased at the Starlight Festival.

One side attaches to the dual ocular portions of your binoculars to hold your cellphone in place.

The padded cellphone holder adjusts up and down to accommodate the different placement of the camera in cellphones.

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This is what it looks like all together.

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This is an unretouched (but reduced size) photo of the moon on Saturday night about an hour before sundown.  A LOT of detail can be seen.  Honestly, at the time this was the be photo of the Moon that I have probably taken (not a big planetary imager).

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As I said the first picture was my best, then, after the Sun went down, I was able to take this photo.  OMG! I think I can see footprints!  Not really, but it is pretty spectacular that my Galaxy Note 2,a 20X50 pair of binoculars, a tripod, and a Snapzoom could take an image this good.

If you would like to purchase your own Snapzoom, you can order it here.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

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Cell Phone Astrophotography Trials.

It was a pretty good weekend at the Riverside Astronomical Society’s monthly Star Party.

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Dusk settling over the observing field.

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Setting up equipment.

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Where are we?  Knowing the Latitude and Longitude is important for astronomy.  P.S. the coordinates for GMARS are here.

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Lots of people attended.

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No, seriously where are we?  (or how many astronomers does it take to change a light bulb? Four, three to look it up and one to enter it into the computer. )

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The Scoutmaster for Boyscout Troop 421 from Corona testing out my binocular/cellphone imaging setup.

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Other Scouts attempting to set up camp.

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Success!  Lots of different cellphone took some great images of the Moon as it set in the west.  They promised to send me copies, so I will post them as soon as I get them.

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The Moon from my Canon G12.

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Jan making short work of the Moon with her Nikon while hubby stays out of the way.

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The Snapzoom device works great and I am excite to start using this for outreach (you can purchase yours here, but I was able to get mine at the Starlight Festival last week for $5 less.)  It is great and adapts to almost any cell phone.  We have had a Samsung Note 3 and my Note 2 and everything small attached using the snapzoom.  I am not sure if the Mega will fit (I didn’t have access to one to find out), but it is still a great device.

Now I just need someone to make a dedicated solar binocular (not just filters) and my outreach plans will be complete.

Next time, I have to try some long term cellphone astrophotography.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman