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How to capture the moon using an iPhone and a telescope

Apple is offering iPhone moon photography workshops across its retail stores - The Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates and Yas Mall

Apple's ‘Shot on iPhone' campaign saw five local amateur photographers shot the moon across its different lunar stages
Apple's ‘Shot on iPhone' campaign saw five local amateur photographers shot the moon across its different lunar stages

To mark Eid Al Fitr, Apple has unveiled a new campaign that aims to capture the celebration of Eid with a collection of moon photographs takes on the iPhone 7.

 The ‘Shot on iPhone' campaign saw five local amateur photographers shot the moon across its different lunar stages, using an iPhone and a telescope.

Andrew Symes, Canadian astrophotographer, said: The trick to a great astronomical photo is capturing the right amount of detail and ensuring that the shot is not too bright or too dim.

"Your iPhone already gives you the ability to capture gleaming objects against a dark background easily, so just make sure to dim the moon by adjusting the exposure so that features like craters are visible and properly exposed. I highly encourage everyone to get a simple telescope and give it a try."

Apple is offering iPhone moon photography workshops across its retail stores - The Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates and Yas Mall.

Here's how you can capture the moon close-up on your iPhone:

Step 1: Learn the phases of the moon. It's easier to capture a moon shot during the first quarter of the lunar cycle which is when the moon is half full. Many craters and other interesting features are visible during this phase.

Step 2: Find the best time and place to shoot. Make sure you're shooting when there's a clear night sky with little to no light around as that will affect your photos. Consider going in the desert to find a good spot.

Step 3: Set up a telescope and line up your iPhone 7 with the eyepiece. Keep one hand free to tweak the settings and fix the angle of your shot.

Step 4: Turn off the flash. You won't need it as the moon is bright.

Step 5: Tap and hold to lock focus. First you need to ensure that the focus is good through the telescope, then you need to lock in the focus on the phone. This is key to capturing a clear image of the moon.

Step 6: Drag to lower exposure. Because the moon is so bright relative to the night sky, the moon will be over-exposed. Manually swipe down to lower the exposure so the moon appears darker.

Step 7: Practice. As with most astronomical pursuits, your skills will improve with practice. Don't be discouraged if your first shots are not perfect. You will eventually get your magic shot.