An Astro-Photographer Captured Saturn 'Touching' The Moon Using Just A Smartphone
The image captured by Grant Petersen shows the moon overshadowing Saturn
Taking a picture of a moving object is not easy. So, taking a picture of a moving planet is a task that requires precision and patience. A South African astro-photographer based in Johannesburg, Grant Petersen, has actually captured a picture of Saturn.
As you can see in the image, Saturn can be seen just below the ultra-clear image of the moon. As mentioned in the tweet, the image has been captured using the Samsung Galaxy S8 mounted on a telescope. The telescope used by Grant is an 8" Sky-watcher dobsonian telescope.
That was frickin spectacular. This mornings #Moon #Saturn #Occultation at ingress from #Johannesburg captured with a #GalaxyS8 7mm eyepiece 2 x Barlow and 8" Sky-watcher dobsonian telescope. 5 sec vid run through PIPP and stacked with registax #Smartphone #astrophotography pic.twitter.com/H8sSirrS2Z— GrantPetersen (@GP_O11) March 29, 2019
This phenomenon of two planetary bodies being in such close proximity to each other is called as planetary Conjunction. This is a perception based phenomenon that means a person can see a Conjunction at a time but others might not be able to see it. This is because people in different locations perceive things differently.
Capturing celestial bodies using nothing but smartphone is not a new activity and budding astronomers and astro-photographers often take pictures using their devices as a professional telescope is rather heavy on pocket.
Man I'm smiling from ear to ear, nothing gonna get me off this astronomy high today, did you do anything live?— GrantPetersen (@GP_O11) March 29, 2019
This also highlights the increasing capability of smartphone cameras. As companies are focusing on adding even more powerful cameras with each new update, we are now seeing smartphones with triple cameras that take multiple pictures and combine them to make it a one image that is better in quality than one taken using a single camera.
We don't know if we are going to see smartphones with camera designed for stargazing but just the thought of that puts a smile on the faces of astronomers and photographers.
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