Moon shots

Started Sep 25, 2007 | Discussions
geomcs Regular Member • Posts: 104
Re: Don't shoot it full....

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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mc.schuster Regular Member • Posts: 219
Re: Don't shoot it full....

Here are two recent ones from me:

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PicMax Regular Member • Posts: 479
Re: Moon shots

Sorry it came too late, but here is my take on it.

http://dptnt.com/2007/09/full-moon-exposure/

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PicMax Regular Member • Posts: 479
Re: Moon shots

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tlane Regular Member • Posts: 173
Re: Moon shots

fraserj1 wrote:

What is the dark line across the frame just under the moon?

The horizon.

Ted

michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 13,123
You need help with blown highlights?

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.).
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StillLearning Veteran Member • Posts: 4,348
Re: 80-400 and C8

Here's with a 80-400 @ 370

With C8 telescope

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PicMax Regular Member • Posts: 479
Re: You need help with blown highlights?

Michael,

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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Re: 80-400 and C8

Have you tried the moon shot with your Celestron Telescope at 100 ISO? I think it would be awesome. Dave
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StillLearning Veteran Member • Posts: 4,348
Re: C8

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.
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pmong Senior Member • Posts: 2,300
Re: C8

Gary,

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9476880@N02/sets/72157602155762785/

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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.
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StillLearning
StillLearning Veteran Member • Posts: 4,348
Re: C8

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.

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Rickard Hansson Senior Member • Posts: 2,082
Re: Don't shoot it full....

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.

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Dan Nelson Senior Member • Posts: 1,420
Re: Mirror reflex lens

D1X, Sigma 100-300 f4 w/1.4X TC 400mm @f8 handheld ISO 800 1/1250 sec.

(100% crop from 10.5mp mode NEF)

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pmong Senior Member • Posts: 2,300
Re: Mirror reflex lens

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
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2359/1504899593_f212391ffb_o.jpg

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