Dont hate on me for posting a non-Nikon photo here but since it is on topic, here is a moon pic from last night (9-27-07) with a Sony H5 and the 1758TC. Pretty good for such a cheap set-up.
I agree about not shooting when it is full. Here is a pic with the same camera a few months ago. The shadow cast reveals the detail.
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Here are two recent ones from me:
Nikon D200 (D70)
Nikon SB800, SB600
Tokina 12-24 f4 AT-X Pro DX
Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f2.8
Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f2.8 VR
Nikkor AF-D 35 f2
Nikkor AF 50 f1.8
Nikkor AF-D 60 f2.8
Nikkor AF-D 105 f2 DC
Why are you asking for camera settings because you've blown out highlights in past attempts?
Do you not make use of the histogram? It's not like the moon makes a split second appearance and then goes away for another month.
Use a (good) tripod. Use a cable release. You need a long lens. Something equal to or greater than 400mm. Shoot a half moon or something less than full. Use daylight WB. You can almost use the Sunny 16 rule when shooting the moon (but like I said earlier, you have a histogram. Use that.).
Here's with a 80-400 @ 370
With C8 telescope
I am not sure if you have noticed... If you shoot with a lens with 400mm lens, the Moon is only 600 pixel across on the sensor. The D200's on camera histogram display is not smart enough to scale the y (count) axis so all you see is a tall tail at shadow end, due to the dark skies that occupy most of the scene. It is not possible to see the mid tone or highlights.
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Have you tried the moon shot with your Celestron Telescope at 100 ISO? I think it would be awesome. Dave
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I tried early on but even 5 mph winds caused vibration in my setup and messed up the pictures. I just got a Reducer-Corrector to increase my F-Stop from F10 to F6.3. Haven't had a chance to use it till the temperatures start cooling here in Arizona at night. I expect next month to get some more images.
First thanks for the advice you emailed me. I am using the forum because my question may be of interest to others. What type of adapter is needed to use a telescope. I have access to two different type. One has a lens in the adapter and the other does not. Both can be attached to the Nikon F mount. I am not sure what is the difference. Also, there are additional extension tubes, which the instruction says may be required to achieve proper focusing. What is you experience with how to best to attach a camera to a telescope? (I even seen photographs where the person holds the camera over the telescope's eye piece.)
Thank you in advance.
My series of moon pictures over numerous nights:
I tried early on but even 5 mph winds caused vibration in my setup
and messed up the pictures. I just got a Reducer-Corrector to
increase my F-Stop from F10 to F6.3. Haven't had a chance to use it
till the temperatures start cooling here in Arizona at night. I
expect next month to get some more images.
Most commonly used is the Prime Focus Camera adapter. It goes in place of the focuser on the back of the SC telescope. You will also need a T-Ring for your make camera(Nikon, Canon, Minolta, ect). It's like you are putting the telecope on like a telephoto lens except your mounting your camera on the telescope.
Some adapters go on the eyepeice. I don't know much about them except other astro photographers have told me to avoid them because of the vibration problems and you're going to get longer exposure times with that setup.
That shot is way impressive.
Would be cool to get that close to the moon. Shouldn´t be any ptoblems stitching an image this big using lots of shots taken with an telescope + cam.
Below is is my handheld moon shoot.
Nikon D80, Nikon 500mm reflex (f/8 fixed), ISO 800, 1/1250 sec
Can see 100% crop at