iPhone 13 Pro Max user captures out of this world night sky images with just the Apple phone and a multi-purpose mount
MacRumors forum user ToddH has shared some images taken with an Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max supported by a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer multi-purpose mount. Taking shots of the moon or a starry night sky is something that most smartphone owners like to have a go at, although the results can have a widely varying degree of success, with some just offering no lineation at all while others actually throw up decent images. ToddH’s photos, which apparently captured the night sky over Texas, are simply hard to believe that they were taken with a smartphone (see below - resized for space).
Unsurprisingly, Apple has specifically highlighted the camera equipment of its iPhone 13 Pro Max on the official product page for the flagship smartphone, promoting its low-light abilities with the tagline “bring on the night”. A LiDAR scanner is present for night-time photography assistance and a wider aperture and larger sensor allow the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max to take advantage of what light is available and help reduce noise via the softening effect caused by a wide aperture. The 12 MP telephoto lens is also beefed up by having a night mode.
ToddH also supplies screenshots of the raw files to show the difference between the unedited and edited results of the iPhone 13 Pro Max night sky photography session. Other users of the Apple device have also joined in to share the images that they have produced, with a video by Shayne Mostyn walking his viewers step by step through taking a wonderful Milky Way shot with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The impressive 6.7-inch phone currently costs from US$1,099, and it has a 12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP main camera system and also features the A15 Bionic SoC.