D3100 moon shot

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captfx
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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Hotphotons, Feb 13, 2011

Almost

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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Zoso777, Feb 13, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Hotphotons, Feb 13, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Patco, Feb 13, 2011

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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Focus question
In reply to Patco, Feb 13, 2011

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

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Re: Focus question
In reply to Hotphotons, Feb 13, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to ace0734, Feb 13, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to wildcard011, Feb 13, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Kevlandry, Feb 13, 2011

nice shot guy's will try again tonight.

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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to ace0734, Feb 14, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Hotphotons, Feb 14, 2011

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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D40 w/55-300 handheld and cropped
In reply to ace0734, Feb 14, 2011

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Re: D40 w/55-300 handheld and cropped
In reply to captfx, Feb 14, 2011

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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D5000 with Tamron PZD
In reply to Jason Ware, Feb 16, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to Hotphotons, Feb 16, 2011

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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Re: D3100 moon shot
In reply to ace0734, Feb 16, 2011

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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In reply to nelsonal, Feb 17, 2011

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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In reply to AlbieSky, Feb 17, 2011

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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Re: D70
In reply to nelsonal, Feb 17, 2011

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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In reply to Kevlandry, Feb 17, 2011

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

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