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Hello, I found this site when searching for good apps to use when taking pictures of stars. I'm doing an online course at FutureLearn which required me to take pics of Orion - I didn't have a good enough camera so tried the iPhone. I found an app called Night Cap pro which did the job ok. It seems that's the only app out there that's good enough - I don't know if others know of any better ones? I'd love to know.
Interested in seeing what else my phone camera can do as well. :)
 
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That's probably the best app to shoot night scenes etc ... on iPhone. Now ProCamera just released a new iap for their app, a "special" low light mode, I haven't tried it yet.

That being said the issue on mobile phone cameras when it comes to low light remains the ISO limit, which is 2000 on a 6s. Better use a good tripod to shoot stars ;)
 

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Welcome to MobiTog Katherine! Funny that you found us by searching "the heavens", so to speak. :lol: So glad you joined us, as this is THE perfect place to learn and grow your photography and app skills, all while having a fun time and meeting lots of fab MobiPeeps. :D

Be sure to check out the Apps Discussion forum, and feel free to post your question there as well - we have lots of avid app users here, several who are knowledgeable with night/low light photography: http://www.mobitog.com/forums/apps-discussion.24/

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Hi Katherine and welcome to Mobitog! You've come to the right place to see what else your iPhone camera can do! looking forward to seeing your images.
 

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Welcome to MobiTog, Katherine - do hope you are going to post your Orion images here when you have them!
If you plug 'Astronomy' 'night cap pro' 'orion' 'night sky' and similar into our search function you will find various images and discussions that should be relevant. For instance vixenscry Victoria took a great shot of Orion some time ago using NightCapPro:

http://www.mobitog.com/threads/orions-belt.10126/#post-105173

The technology advances so quickly, though - and we'd be most interested to hear what your own research turns up!
Best of luck with the assignment!
 

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Welcome, Katherine!

I'm afraid I don't know much about astrophotography (though, I'd like to!). NightCap Pro and AvgNightCam have given me the best results with shooting the moon. Definitely use a tripod.

I have read that there are mounts you can get to attach your phone to a telescope viewfinder (if you have access to one). That might be something to explore, too.
 
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