I took pictures of the moon with 3 phones. This one had the best shot.
As someone fascinated by celestial wonders, I decided to take pictures of the moon with the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Then I thought, "Wait a minute; I have two other phones. Could they possibly beat the iPhone 15 Pro Max in astrophotography?" That's when I whipped out the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Let's see how all three devices performed. Which phase was the moon in when I took the pictures? When I snapped pictures of the moon on a Sunday night, the spherical rocky body was in its waning crescent phase. At the time, the moon was about 40% illuminated. SEE ALSO: There's granite on the moon. No one knows how it got there. How did I take pictures of the moon? For all three phones — the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Google Pixel 8 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — I did the following three steps: I thoroughly cleaned the lenses with a microfiber cloth. I used digital zoom to get a close shot of the moon, but chose a "sweet spot" that made the picture as clear as possible. In some cases, this meant not zooming in too close because the celestial body would lose too much detail. I reduced the exposure. The moon is a radiant stellar beauty, so it's imperative that you reduce the sensor's sensitivity to light. Otherwise, the moon will end up looking like a glowy white blob. iPhone 15 Pro Max Credit: Kimberly Gedeon / Mashable Google Pixel 8 Pro Here is the best photo of the moon from the Google Pixel 8 Pro, and quite frankly, it's the only good take out of the seven I took. Google Pixel 8 Pro moon shot Credit: Kimberly Gedeon / Mashable I was lucky enough that the zoom seemed to focus perfectly for a split second, detailing the striking craters that adorned the moon, so I quickly took the shot. The Pixel 8 Pro has a "Super Res Zoom" feature that lets you zoom up to 30x, but I stopped at 25x for this shot. Google Pixel 8 Pro quick camera specs: Main camera: 50MP, f/1.7, 1.2µm Telephoto (facilitates zooming in): 48MP, f/2.8, 0.7µm, 5x optical zoom Credit: Amaz