Easy Moon by Kris Fedick
Easy Moon (Kris Fedick)
Easy Moon by Kris Fedick

The Photo of the Week is a richly detailed shot of the first-quarter Moon caught on a smartphone.

Photo of the Week for October 19, 2018

This may not be the very best photo of the first-quarter Moon ever captured, but it’s pretty darn good. I expect more than a few readers would be quite happy to achieve a result as richly detailed. However, what makes the image remarkable is that it was captured with a smartphone held up to the eyepiece of a telescope. Although technically known as the “afocal method,” capturing a lunar portrait really doesn’t get much easier than this.

Easy Moon by Kris Fedick
Easy Moon (Kris Fedick)

Kris Fedick of Rosslyn, Ontario, snapped this Moon shot during twilight on May 31, 2017, with a Galaxy J5 SM-J500 and a 10-inch Meade LightBridge Dobsonian reflector. The image presented here is essentially what came directly out of the smartphone—only cropping and a minor brightness adjustment were applied to render the final image.

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