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iPhone picture of the moon

Last time zaiah was in town, she bought me a cheap telescope from Walgreens. Atlanta being what it is (which is to say, hazy and overcast and generally hostile to Science), tonight is the first opportunity I've had to play with it.

Got this picture by holding my iPhone up to the eyepiece. Yeah, it's a crap photo, but dude, it came from my iPhone.



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zaiah
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
That is awesome! ..technology for the win!
musicman
Apr. 8th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Inspiring
Just think how impressed the ancient astronomers would be, using a handheld mobile device to capture the image of the moon which can then be forwarded as an attachment to someone else via a text message. Imagine how much farther along in knowledge if this device had been available to the great astronomers of the Maya, or the Egyptians, or the Chinese. Or even Galileo.

Edited at 2009-04-08 10:11 am (UTC)
tacit
Apr. 8th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Inspiring
Icon win!

One of the interesting things about the future is that it happens to us without our even realizing it. Hell, when I got my first computer in 1977, I would not have imagined this sort of thing; the ancient Egyptians would've seen it as magic. (And, for all intents and purposes, it might as well be; any sufficiently advanced technology, and all that.)

And we take it all for granted, without stopping to think about the incredible amount of knowledge and control over the physical universe, honed by centuries of curiosity and inquisitiveness to a very fine edge, it took to get here. We live in an anti-intellectual society that expects a new generation of smart phone every six months...isn't that bizarre?
sylvar
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
That's gorgeous. Now if only you could trick Google Latitude.
tacit
Apr. 8th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
That'd rock! iPhoto tracks the GPS position of any pic taken with a GPS-aware camera...now if only I could get it to talk to the Google Earth images of the moon...
skittenwench
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
it looks like a slightly warped moon marble *lol*
tacit
Apr. 8th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Mmm, moon marble!

I think I want to make some kind of rig to hold the iPhone in place so I can get all sorts of iPhone astronomy pics.
skittenwench
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
drat- the word rig got me all excited *lol*
Methinks I've been pening wayyyyyyy too much time on fetlife *lol*
wherever
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Nice!

Here's a picture of Jupiter someone caught with an iPhone:



I love living in the future.
tacit
Apr. 8th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
The future rocks! I'm still waiting for my flying car, though.
_luaineach
Apr. 8th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!
creekracer
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
That's pretty impressive. Is that the ISS, on the right?
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