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03/11/2003 08:33:44 AM · #1
I have the sony f707 and someone posted a great moon shot awhile back. I have not been able to duplicate it, even with a 2x tele attached to my camera. Anyone have some tips on this subject?? thanks, in advance.
03/11/2003 08:49:32 AM · #2
Use spot metering/ exposure as you are exposing for something that is lit by full sunlight, but in the middle of a black sky. You want a shortish exposure time, otherwise the moon'll move and you'll get a blur.

The other secret is that most good moon pictures are really small crops from the overall file, unless you are using a telescope.

An early morning example (larger version)
This was shot at 1/350s at f4.0 (ISO 400) with a 200mm lens, mainly
because I didn't have a tripod to take it with. a narrower aperture
would have given better results, but you can work out the exposure
for the moon from that.



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Message edited by author 2003-03-11 08:53:14.
03/11/2003 08:58:43 AM · #3
Here are a couple of mine with the Sony 1.7x teleconverter. The first one was taken in the full 5MP and croped out the unwanted areas. The second one was taken in the 1280x960 (?) mode.

I used a tripod, manual settings to reduce the glare and make the surface details stand out. There is no magic setting since the moon varies in brightness you will just have to take many pics at different apeture and shutter speeds.

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and here is another moon shot with my 707...

The Moon with a Sony 707

of course I used my telescope with my 707 to get this one :)

James

Message edited by author 2003-03-11 09:07:11.
03/11/2003 09:13:30 AM · #4
Great shot Gordon. When you say 200mm, do you mean 320mm with your D60 because of the magnification factor? I really look forward to trying these kind of shots.

By the way, what % crop did you do for your final image. I really like this picture.
03/11/2003 09:33:15 AM · #5
Originally posted by Jacko:

Great shot Gordon. When you say 200mm, do you mean 320mm with your D60 because of the magnification factor? I really look forward to trying these kind of shots.

By the way, what % crop did you do for your final image. I really like this picture.


Yup, 320mm effective for a 35mm film camera. That shot was full frame, no crop.

Here's another one: This time a 300mm lens, (480 effective) 1/6s at f27, ISO 100. This time roughly a 20% crop from the frame.

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03/11/2003 09:36:29 AM · #6
Also, for more info than you probably want to know, including tips, tricks and exposure settings try Michael Oates lunar photography web page

There is a table at the end you can use to dial in the correct exposure setting for any particular kind of moon phase.
03/12/2003 09:23:37 AM · #7
That Oates article was great, thanks, Gordon!
03/12/2003 12:35:14 PM · #8
Thanks Gordon, I cant believe the wealth of knowledge one can get from these wonderful tutorials, Thanks again.
03/12/2003 01:18:44 PM · #9
when i took this moon
i had to take a bunch of shots adjusting the exposure up and down to get the darkness correct...
i think Gordon's shots also used a I/S lens that helped a lot compared to previous tries.. here is another i took without the I/S lens
Blue moon
03/12/2003 02:45:33 PM · #10
Are you talking about an image stabilized lens?? (i/s lens) PS, those last two moon shots posted are awesome!
03/12/2003 02:53:37 PM · #11
Originally posted by rll07:

when i took this moon
i had to take a bunch of shots adjusting the exposure up and down to get the darkness correct...
i think Gordon's shots also used a I/S lens that helped a lot compared to previous tries.. here is another i took without the I/S lens
Blue moon


I didn't use an imaged stablised lens for either of those shots - I did use the timer release and mirror lockup functions though and used a tripod
03/12/2003 05:14:31 PM · #12
There`s only one way to take a good moon shot and thats through a telescope. You also need a camera with a small lens. Check out my entry for the landscape challenge.
03/12/2003 05:17:08 PM · #13
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03/12/2003 07:39:02 PM · #14
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Message edited by author 2003-03-12 19:45:15.
03/12/2003 08:40:52 PM · #15
As long as we're on the subject--acording to the Lunar Eclipse Computer
//aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.html

There will be a Lunar Eclips on the 15th or 16th of May.During the eclipse the moon turns red.Should make a great picture.

Message edited by author 2003-03-13 08:03:13.
03/12/2003 11:24:27 PM · #16
I couldn't find anything listed for March on that site, can you tell me more how to find it?

Originally posted by Digipixer:

As long as we're on the subject--acording to the Lunar Eclipse Computer
//aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/LunarEclipse.html

There will be a Lunar Eclips on the 15th or 16th of this month.During the eclipse the moon turns red.Should make a great picture.

03/13/2003 06:53:53 AM · #17
Yes, I would also like to know more about the eclipse. Can we or should we attempt to photograph a lunar eclipse? I understand that we should never look at a solar eclipse as it will damage our eyes. But, I suspect that a lunar eclipse will be OK? Is this correct?
03/13/2003 08:08:07 AM · #18
Kandyi---my mistake I read Mar instead of May.I've changed the post.
Morgan--you can look directly at the LUNAR eclipse,do NOT look directly at a Solar eclipse.The moon has no light of its own --just the reflection of the suns light .During a Lunar eclipse the shadow of the Earth crosses the face of the moon,changing the color.

Message edited by author 2003-03-13 08:16:49.
03/13/2003 11:00:50 AM · #19
Originally posted by Digipixer:

Kandyi---my mistake I read Mar instead of May.I've changed the post.
Morgan--you can look directly at the LUNAR eclipse,do NOT look directly at a Solar eclipse.The moon has no light of its own --just the reflection of the suns light .During a Lunar eclipse the shadow of the Earth crosses the face of the moon,changing the color.


Thanks for the information. Do you know of a similar site that can offer details for interested parties outside of the USA?
05/07/2003 02:22:31 AM · #20
North America is scheduled to enjoy a total lunar eclipse on Thursday, May 15, I think starting about 10 pm EDT, with a peak around 11 something, and lasting nearly an hour.

I look forward to some cool shots from the astrophotographers out there...
05/07/2003 04:08:13 AM · #21
While we're all posting our favourite moon shots ...

mine

OK, the moon's actually out of focus, but then ...

ed

And for those in the UK there's an annular eclips of the sun, with the sun just over the horizon, soon ...



Message edited by author 2003-05-07 04:10:43.
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