Update 12/26/2015: Here is some great surface detail with just a single frame iPhone photo and no additional lenses.
|Drum roll... here it is... the most detailed iPhone photo of the moon possible (without additional lenses). Looks kind of like a ying-yang symbol. These are the original pixels.|
|This is the same image blown up in Photoshop - which averages out the pixels to estimate what they would look like resized. I like this one better, but I included the original pixel version so you know what the "actual" image looks like.|
|Stacking helped to clean up any color and distortion from noise. Large structures are clearly visible compared to a DSLR photo for reference.|
Here's what I did:
- Set the Night Cap app to take TIFF images (no compression) to cut down on any distortion from file compression.
- Held my iPhone up to a light and locked the exposure on ISO 50, 1/1938 sec.
- Put my iPhone on a small tripod using the Glif tripod mount.
- Manually took 20 back to back photos of the moon.
- Loaded the photos into a free software package called Registax that is designed to reduce noise by stacking images of the moon and planets.
- Aligned and stacked my 20 TIFF files into 1 file, then adjusted wavelets.
Here are some screenshots showing my process:
|Focusing on the moon using Night Cap camera app|
|Making adjustments to the iPhone photos in Registax|
|Using Registax to align a "regular" image of the moon taken with a DSLR camera and 300mm zoom lens|