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Sep 10, 2017 19:51 |  #4621

Nice attempt. Did you use spot metering? I fine that helps in getting a clearer shot




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Sep 11, 2017 07:16 |  #4622

The best results you can get would be with manual mode, IMO. This way you control the exposure exactly. Trying to get a crisp detailed shot while also having the camera try to automate things is too much work. It is quite easy to dial in the exposure right out of the gate in manual, then you only have to worry about framing and focus for the shot, nothing else gets in the way. I go 100% manual for moon shots, with live view and 5x zoom, sometimes 10x.

The same comments here apply as they did on the other thread:
- Get your shutter speeds up, to minimally 1/<focal length> if not a bit faster
- Manual mode
- Don't be afraid of higher ISO levels
- Live view is very helpful, especially with 5x/10x and manual focus, AF can cause issues
- Tripod if you are not steady
- Don't shoot full moon as crater detail is better at the lesser phases
- Wait for very clear nights, winter is a great time to shoot the moon, as cold will clear the air usually
- Shoot the moon directly overhead if possible, the closer to the horizon, more of the atmosphere plays a part in the image. Now for artistic shots, more landscape in nature, then horizon-based moon shots are very nice, but zoomed in for crater detail, the less atmosphere you have in the way, the better.
- The better the lens, the better the result, not all 300mm on all telephoto lenses are created equal. A 75-300 vs a 70-300L at 300mm will show 2 different results.


Once you master this, you can start to stack up teleconverters... :)


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Sep 12, 2017 18:52 |  #4623

Found this in my old Rebel XT archives the other day. Shot during an air show back when I used the sports auto mode and didn't know about RAW.


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Sep 13, 2017 14:39 as a reply to C Scott IV's post |  #4624

Really like shots like these...

One of mine (not as cloudy though sadly)

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Sep 16, 2017 07:09 |  #4625

Waning crescent with my Meade ETX 125 Telescope, with extender and 1.4XTC, giving a focal length of 3234mm. Full Frame,

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Sep 16, 2017 09:30 |  #4626

Another one of mine with my 300 f4.

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Sep 16, 2017 13:04 |  #4627

Moonlight Shadow.

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Sep 16, 2017 13:51 |  #4628

Another of my moon shots.

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Sep 16, 2017 19:17 |  #4629

Another shot of the crescent moon from last night. This one was taken without the 1.4TC on the extension, though. Either it provides better contrast, or I managed a better focus. This one appears sharper. Taken through my Meade ETX 125 Telescope with the extension to lengthen the focal length to 2310mm.

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Sep 16, 2017 20:01 |  #4630

Last one from me for now - hand held but had to keep the speed down a bit to get me slightly lower ISO, no IS/VR on my lens so I took the chance getting a bit of blur (as I did)

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Sep 17, 2017 08:52 |  #4631

Another crescent moon, with Earthshine...

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Sep 22, 2017 14:32 |  #4632

Moon yesterday evening near Jupiter over Orange County and LA Harbor.
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Sep 22, 2017 18:24 |  #4633

WOW! Really nice shots here!!!




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Sep 23, 2017 00:06 |  #4634

Soon i will contribute here as well, still busy with my current new astrophotography gear.


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Sep 24, 2017 23:23 |  #4635

This is from earlier Sunday evening (cuz it is now early Monday!)

Used my Sigma 150-500 with my 1.4 TC

This is cropped and resized only....

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