A&P Friday, December 12: Full moon + perigee

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  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    In case you didn't know, the moon is going to be at its perigee (the closest to the earth) on Friday.

    I figured I would go outside and snap a few shots tonight though since it was super clear and i'm not sure what the weather is going to be like tomorrow.

    This is my first time shooting the moon. I think they came out alright :dunno:

    Nikon D50
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8
    Tamron 2xTC
    1/250sec
    f/11

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    I probably could have got the shot a little cleaner if my tripod was a little better and if I was shooting a 70-200 VR + 2xTC.
     
  2. fukijama1

    fukijama1 OT Supporter

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    i tried also..
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    d80 18-200mm VR hand held. saw the moon and reminded me of this post
     
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    i did notice it was brighter during the day
     
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    took some shots, its cloudy though so they arent too sharp
    used the 500mm, the moon only fills about 1/8 the frame....you guys must have cropped
     
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    Nice shot! I got very high altitude clouds here so no pics from me. You should be able to pull a lot of detail out of those pics with a little PS work.

    I won't be seeing any clear skies for awhile (curse of new equipment) since I just built a remote server for my scope so I don't have to stand out in the cold all night. I can run the scope and camera from my nice warm basement while I'm reading forums.
     
  6. TurkeyChicken

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    Mine are full size crops. I wish I had something bigger than a 6.1MP camera :o
     
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    ah, too bad. I was actually looking forward to seeing what you would end up posting.
     
  8. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    i took some shots tonight. it's so touchy doing 10x on liveview and manually focusing. most of mine turned out rather soft :hs:
     
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    I just used autofocus :dunno:

    It was practically straight above me, so trying to manually focus it would have been a pain in the ass :o

    Also, I'm glad I did these shots last night... it's totally cloudy tonight :eek3:
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    maybe i'll go try and take some more now ... it's clear as shit here, but it's sooooooooofa king cold out ... i have to leave the camera/lens outside for a few minutes before i can take a shot.
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    here you go, straight from Nebraska

    f11, 1/160, 70-200 f4IS, ISO100

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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    oh, and i adjusted the black level a touch to darken the darker areas on the moon
     
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    turned out nice :coold:

    looks sharper than mine :o
     
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    looks sharper than what i saw in the viewfinder, the clouds made some kind of halo around the moon, like a white rainbow a ways out
     
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    Here is ireland's perspective of the moon. Notice the difference nin the location of the big crater on the bottom

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  16. Jcolman

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    I went a different route. I wanted to get some shots that I could PS into some other night scenes to make composites so I was more interested in the clouds that the moon.

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    But I did shoot a few frames of the moon correctly exposed.
     
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    shooting the moon is useless unless you have a 300mm +
     
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    My dad took this picture with a point and shoot stuck into the viewfinder of his telescope :mamoru: Props for effort anyway

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    sounds like something my mom would try and do :rofl:
     
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    Thats a good attempt with the P&S. Thats always hard to do and I even have the universal adapter to hold the darn thing in place.

    Very cool cloud pics. Any chance your gonna mask the properly exposed moon into that scene?
     
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    this is from a while ago but i shot the moon with one of those asstastic 420-800mm $99 ebay lenses... it's so much larger that its actually better at this than my 300/F4

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    I took a similar shot, mainly cause I thought the clouds looked interesting. I went a little overboard on the shutter length though.

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    Here's a shot I did last summer through my scope at F/6.3 just so I'm not left image less in an OT moon pic thread:)

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    Actually sorry that was 4 pics of the moon at F/10. I shot 2 of the upper half and 2 of the lower half and had to stitch them.

    I don't think I've taken a full moon pic since I got a F/6.3 reducer.

    Thats probably a good tip for anyone else interested in shooting the moon. Take at least 2 or even 10 shots of it and stack them together (you can d/l registacks free.) This will help to remove any atmospheric distortion due to turbulence layers and average out the signal from the distortion giving you a much sharper image.
     
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    That shot is awesome. what's the length of the telescope you were using?
     

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