Teen Photographer Captures Incredible Moon Photo with His Phone


18-year-old Vijay Suddala created a shocking composite picture of the moon from his residence in southern India with only a $150 telescope and his smartphone.

The teenager used an Orion Skyscanner 100mm telescope, Svbony Barlow lens, 10mm eyepiece, and a smartphone adapter alongside with his Samsung Galaxy M21 to seize the celestial picture.

Moon shot with smartphone

Speaking to PetaPixel, Suddala explains via step-by-step how he created his spectacular HDR picture utilizing 4 photographs.

“Get your telescope aligned with the smartphone’s digital camera lens utilizing a smartphone adapter. You’ll see an ideal circle on the smartphone’s digital camera view and you need to use a distant object to verify your focus,” explains Suddala.

“Point to the moon and snap photos ensuring it’s not overexposed. You can use ProCam X cell software to vary the ISO and shutter pace of your telephone. Find a setting that most accurately fits your smartphone.”

Orion Skyscanner 100mm telescope
Orion Skyscanner 100mm telescope

Telescope plus equipment

Suddala then captures the higher, center, and decrease components of the moon to make the entire picture sharp, and leaves a standard space between the entire moon pictures. Finally, he captures an overexposed picture of the moon.

“Once you get three or 5 single pictures of the assorted components of the moon you get them right into a software program referred to as ‘Microsoft ICE.’ What it does is sew them in line with the frequent areas and get a whole picture of the moon,” says Suddala.

“I get the sew into Photoshop and the very first thing I do is apply auto-color, noise discount of an element of 8, unsharp masks till you’re feeling the sharpness is enough or good trying. You can alter the black areas of the moon with curves adjustment.”

Barlow lens with the eyepiece attached

The smartphone astrophotographer then provides one other picture of a full moon for the HDR look utilizing guides in Photoshop to align the 2 photographs.

“Use the elliptical marquee device to chop the moon into an ideal circle. You can take away the dangerous edges with chromatic aberration by making use of gaussian blur,” provides Suddala.

“You ought to align the overexposed picture of the moon layer with that of the above layer completely. This will give a pleasant glow to the moon,” he continues.

“For the clouds, I seize them within the daytime and convert them into black and white by eradicating the saturation. Then I load the layer of the Moon with the glow and the black and white clouds in Photoshop and alter the mixing mode to ‘lighten.’ That’s it.”

Anyone Can Do It

Suddala, who does all his astrophotography work on a smartphone, believes anybody can take distinctive photographs of the moon, even on a funds, and credit YouTuber Alyn Wallace for studying the approach.

“I used to have a pair of binoculars once I was a child which I purchased from a retailer. I used to look at the moon and I additionally used it for terrestrial viewing.

“When I used to be 12, I purchased a Celestron 50mm refractor and watched the rings of Saturn for the primary time with it. I additionally used it for lunar observing, however I obtained bored with it after a 12 months or so as a result of the views weren’t that pleasing.

“Later, once I was 15, I purchased the Orion Skyscanner 100mm tabletop reflector telescope. That’s the identical telescope I used for making the composite.”

More of Suddala’s work may be seen on his Instagram.


Image credit: All pictures by Vijay Suddala.



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