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tips on shooting Moon, Jupiter and Venus Conjunction.

 
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Dec 01, 2008 11:34 |  #1

I live in Kansas and hope to try to get some shots of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus Conjunction tonight. My longest lens is a 70-300L f4 IS but also have a Canon 200L and a 1.4x converter available. From there I go down to a 24-70L and a canon 10-22 as well. Also have a Canon 135L in the middle of all this.

I dont do much of this type of photography and am curious about suggested settings and lens choice to use. my camera is an XTi and will be tripod mounted.

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Dec 01, 2008 12:51 |  #2

Hopefully someone with experience will drop a line. I would assume to use your fastest lens to keep shutter speeds up. I am going to try and get a clean moon shot and hope the 2 planets come out alright? I was looking at some of the exif from other photos and they are using 20mm all the way up to 400mm...Jeff


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Dec 01, 2008 13:24 |  #3

The moon and the planets are closer than I expected...in fact the moon occulted Venus earlier...I watched as Venus popped out, and regretted massively having a flat camera battery.

I'm not familiar with any of your lenses, but I would say the 200L with the 1.4x or the 70-300. Open the aperture, then fire off some shots from 0.1s to 1 or 2 seconds perhaps. Personally I like to get the dark-side of the moon showing up if I can.

Should get some nice results I hope. Wide-angles with some interesting fireground objects will also make for good photos.


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Dec 01, 2008 15:13 |  #4

You'll need around 200mm focal length if you want a tight shot. Of course wider FL's with some foreground objects are nice too. There's a few breaks in the clouds here (finally!) so maybe I'll get a shot. Last night I was taking 15-20 second exposures at ISO200 with a 24mm lens.


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Dec 01, 2008 15:17 |  #5

timeasterday wrote in post #6792608 (external link)
You'll need around 200mm focal length if you want a tight shot. Of course wider FL's with some foreground objects are nice too. There's a few breaks in the clouds here (finally!) so maybe I'll get a shot. Last night I was taking 15-20 second exposures at ISO200 with a 24mm lens.

do you use a remote shutter release with those, I have a tripod but no release




  
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Dec 01, 2008 15:22 as a reply to  @ photorookie's post |  #6

Does this work??

2. Moony 11, 8, and 5.6 Rules
There are many different rules that work well when shooting the moon. One favorite for a proper exposure of a full moon is f/11 at one over the ISO setting. For pictures (external link) of a half moon, use the same shutter speed at f/8, and for a quarter moon, use the same shutter speed at f/5.6.




  
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Dec 01, 2008 15:26 as a reply to  @ photorookie's post |  #7

The 135mm will give you a nice field of view ( see my shot with it) and the 200mm will get in closer.
Don't use anything longer.
If you haven't got a remote release, put it in delay mode and it will help.


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Dec 01, 2008 15:39 |  #8

photorookie wrote in post #6792640 (external link)
do you use a remote shutter release with those, I have a tripod but no release

Oh yes, forgot to mention that. Timer mode, as mentioned above, works well too.


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