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Old    rodney (azwakekid)      Join Date: Apr 2005       12-13-2008, 6:48 PM Reply   
so tonight the moon is suppost to be really bright in the sky. i wanted to take a picture of it but they dont come out so great. can anyone give me some feedback on how to get a great picture of the moon. or if you would like post up some pictues of the moon and stars.
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-13-2008, 7:21 PM Reply   
Shot this at 6:30 this morning

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Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-13-2008, 7:42 PM Reply   
Nice composition Randy!

Use as much telephoto as you have including any TC's you've got. Start at f8 and 1/200th and keep adjusting your aperture/ISO until you get it exposed properly. If you set the camera on auto you will end up with a pure white mass and no detail.

Here's one I shot with the 20D a few years ago.


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Old    Peter T (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       12-13-2008, 10:59 PM Reply   
Nice shots! Randy- do you still have that full moon shot over Villa Lagos from a couple of years ago?
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-14-2008, 10:31 AM Reply   
Peter that was taken with my old Sony disc camera, I will see if I can find the disc.
Old    Swami (swami)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-15-2008, 7:53 PM Reply   
Hey Rich, what zoom did you use on that moon shot? Shooting with your 400mm?

-S
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-16-2008, 5:20 AM Reply   
That was shot with a 300 f2.8L + 2X +1.4X & 20D
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       12-16-2008, 6:19 AM Reply   
so a 1,260 mm equivalent? Assuming the 20D has a 1.5 crop factor.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       12-16-2008, 6:20 AM Reply   
or is it just 840mm equiv.
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-16-2008, 1:49 PM Reply   
Technically it's 840mm and then you have to compare pixel density to figure out what the relationship is. The 20D had relatively large pixels so there might be no difference if you were shooting with a full frame 1Ds2 or 3 for example where as you'd get a lot of crop factor magnification with a 50D or XSi

That's an uncropped photo above, if you get a sharp shot you can get away with a lot of cropping.


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Old    Barry Vaught (barry_vaught)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-17-2008, 6:14 PM Reply   
Awesome images as always Rich & Randy.
Rodney- There is a lot of online info on shooting the moon. Check out AstronomyMag.com , SkyandTelescope.com . Remember that using higher powered lenses also amplifies the impurities & heat waves in the atmosphere.
Good luck and email if I can help.
bvaught@cfl.rr.com

Attached image is just after mid eclipse a few years ago.


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Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-17-2008, 7:09 PM Reply   
Barry, WOW... Next time I'm in Orlando we should hook up. Love to shoot with you. At Glen's (O'town) in March?
Old    Barry Vaught (barry_vaught)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-18-2008, 10:27 AM Reply   
Thanks Randy
Lets do it.
Happy Holidays
Barry

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