D3100 moon shot

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captfx
captfx Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: D3100 moon shot

Almost

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/44001728@N04/

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Hotphotons
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Re: D3100 moon shot

Nice sharp image.

What are the details? Camera, lens, aperture etc?

The picture appears to be upside down - any particular reason for that?

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Patco
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Re: D3100 moon shot

Hotphotons wrote:

Anyone have an example of a full moon shot?

Here is a full moon, but I much prefer the results when less than full.
1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm ISO 100

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Hotphotons
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Re: D3100 moon shot

Very nice!

At least now I know what the equipment is capable of I just have to work on my technique to get the same results.

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Hotphotons
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Focus question

When you manually focus on the moon do you just set it to infinity?

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Patco
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Re: Focus question

Hotphotons wrote:

When you manually focus on the moon do you just set it to infinity?

Actually, I use autofocus, manual exposure, and usually hand held (braced on a fence, door frame, or whatever).

Macro/close-up is another story - always manual focus:

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wildcard011
wildcard011 Forum Member • Posts: 50
Re: D3100 moon shot

Here is one I took with the Tamron 18-270 PZD
Tripod, VC turned off, Used remote to take the shot.

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Kevlandry
Kevlandry Junior Member • Posts: 39
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Here's mine, handheld using my car to brace my hand

with the 18-200 last night from Long Island, NY.

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ace0734
ace0734 OP Junior Member • Posts: 42
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nice shot guy's will try again tonight.

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Hotphotons
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Here a couple I shot tonight I think I am improving and getting something close to what you achieved. Manual settings and focus seem to make the difference.

Still need to improve a bit but at least I am headed in the right direction.

First is with tripod Vr turned off second is hand held.

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Sammy Yousef
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Hotphotons wrote:

Anyone have an example of a full moon shot?

Not quite a full moon. Canon Powershot A650IS + Dobsonian telescope.

The overlay is from Virtual Moon Atlas.

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captfx
captfx Junior Member • Posts: 35
D40 w/55-300 handheld and cropped

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Jason Ware
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Re: D40 w/55-300 handheld and cropped

OK, how about D90: 2,400mm F8 :).....

http://galaxyphoto.com/n_d90/jw_d90_moon_71_15.jpg

And now for something completely different. The moon in color
(with a CCD camera). The moon does have shades of color and can
be brought out with processing....

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dariusjs
dariusjs Junior Member • Posts: 27
D5000 with Tamron PZD

Here are mine, the full one converted from raw to jpg and the crop of it. Don't have a tripod so was handheld with VC, really think its quite on the soft side ...

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nelsonal
nelsonal Senior Member • Posts: 2,464
Re: D3100 moon shot

Sure, in general they're not as cool as partial moon shots because there's not as much crater detail.

With the 2x teleconverter.

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moneymad
moneymad Regular Member • Posts: 139
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Here's mine shot with the D3100 and a Sigma 135 - 400mm f4.5 - 5.6 APO. This is a manual-only focus lens (on the D3100). Although I selected spot focus, it didn't seem to make any difference when using live view, as the image on the screen was extremely over exposed. Don't know if I was doing something wrong. I had a manual setting of 1/400sec at f11, but the live view image was very over exposed rather than a WYSIWYG type of image. I had to guess the focus by magnifying the over exposed edge of the moon and taking different pictures hoping I'd get one that was okay.

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AlbieSky
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D70

Nice you are still using your D70, but why not choose a low iso like 200? You would get less noise and better sharpness.

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nelsonal
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Re: D70

It's actually new to me (I picked it up used in January).

The ISO is high because I'm using a teleconverter and hand holding. I can't bump up the apeture more than f/9 and need that shutter speed to keep the shakes out.

I should have on the first though (that was moon shot #1).

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Kevlandry
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Here's my latest. I used a tripod and full manual settings (tough when shooting something new) and a remote to trip the shutter. 100% crop. I don't know about you guys, but I basically set the iso to 200 and methodically went through aperture and shutter combos. It's really hard to tell when you're out there freezing your butt off. Would appreciate any C & C.

Kevin

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ace0734
ace0734 OP Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: D70

good job guy's been busy but will take another crack at it soon.

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