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Oct 06, 2012 08:33 |  #1111

I still can't seem to get a sharp image no matter what I do.

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Oct 06, 2012 08:40 |  #1112

This is a re-do of my 10-4 Moon post. Much less PP on this one...


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Oct 06, 2012 23:59 |  #1114

barkingspud wrote in post #15086655 (external link)
This is a re-do of my 10-4 Moon post. Much less PP on this one...

looks way better this time.


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Oct 07, 2012 10:20 |  #1115

ama168 wrote in post #15086634 (external link)
I still can't seem to get a sharp image no matter what I do.

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I think that your exposure is O.K. enough, but it's mainly your focus, as you say.
What you need to do is to make sure you have the below...

*Have your camera on a good, sturdy tripod
*Use your mirror Lock Up
*Use Live View along with zooming with it, (not the lens) using Manual Focus
*Use either a Remote Switch or your internal timer to ensure you won't have any blurring due to you touching the camera

You should get a lot better results after trying these.
(You may want to try some slight contrast afterwards too to give it a little more life-like punch, but not blowing out the highlights or making the darks too black) :D

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Oct 07, 2012 18:50 |  #1116

last nights moon, from Tampa. was hazy out

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working on the sharpening and things... still learning that stuff
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Oct 08, 2012 13:45 |  #1117

here's one from last night

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Oct 09, 2012 08:49 |  #1118
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andyman82 wrote in post #15091934 (external link)
last nights moon, from Tampa. was hazy out

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What the hell was this shot through...the window of an Apollo?

NICE!

2.12.2011

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All hand held...i hate bending down when it's on the tripod...

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Oct 20, 2012 13:01 |  #1119

Great shots!!!


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Oct 20, 2012 18:48 |  #1120

andyman82 wrote in post #15091934 (external link)
last nights moon, from Tampa. was hazy out

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working on the sharpening and things... still learning that stuff
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I feel like if we could see the dark side of the moon we could see extra terrestrials through your lens. Those shots are amazing.


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Oct 20, 2012 19:41 |  #1121

Just shot this a few minutes ago. With my 5D3.

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Then I tried out my E-PL2.

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Oct 20, 2012 23:43 as a reply to  @ dgrPhotos's post |  #1122

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Oct 21, 2012 06:25 |  #1123

Wow Rick, VERY nice. Equipment? (if you don't mind) That's the kind of shot I dream about.


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Oct 21, 2012 09:10 as a reply to  @ idealhobbies's post |  #1124

Thanks Idealhobbies. This one was actually quite a process, like this:

First, pick the right time of year for shooting. This phase is almost directly overhead in fall (shot this Sept 7 about 4:00 am).

900 mm apo refractor, 2X barlow giving about 3000 mm EFL.
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Test shots using shutter speeds from 1/2 sec to 1/50 sec. Settled on 1/8 sec based on in-camera histogram being to the right without blowing out pixels.

The entire moon wouldn't fit into the frame so it took three segments. Each part was shot eight times for 24 total exposures.

Everything is imported to Aperture. All 24 receive identical processing, at this stage levels and color correction only. Levels to center the histogram.


Export full-size TIFFs to a folder on the desktop and call up Photoshop. First, stack each set of eight to get the three segments. Do this with File -> Scripts -> Statistics on “mean” and “align sources”. This knocks the noise down a bunch.

Now, put the three parts together with File -> Automate -> Photomerge and crop. This gives a really large image with a lot of information. This master is 6500 x 4350 pixels, 90 x 60 inches at 72 dpi. File is 85M!

Reduce the size to something more manageable, in this case 800 x 1200 pixels. This further reduces noise.

At this point, the file looks like this:


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From here, the process is less mechanical and more artistic. Convert to grayscale, use Shadows/Highlights and Curves to get that steely gray look. Sharpen by using stacked duplicate layers with overlay and high-pass filter, several layers with only 1 or 2 pixels of bandpass. I never use unsharp mask. Knock down the highlights at the terminator, these are always amplified by any kind of sharpening.

And we’re done! I keep the massive master for future rainy nights. Seeing wasn’t great this night but sometimes I can take out subframes and process them as closeups of specific features.

I’m experimenting with captured video now and I’ll post something when I get it figured out a little better.

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Oct 21, 2012 13:20 |  #1125

Again.... WOW! Thank you for sharing.


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