Shooting the Moon

U'R'ss

Novice Member
There is a far chance of shooting the Moon tonight, only about a 3rd

Here is one I did before with the 55-200 vr I had



Now I have the 70-300 and would like some advice of what setting to try and use

:thumbsup:
 

onefivenine

Novice Member
It's a sunny day on the moon so the sunny f/16 rule almost applies.

I would start with
1/250, f/8, ISO100
and adjust shutter speed if required.

Aperture no higher than f/8 or you will begin to introduce image degradation due to the lens limitations.

Manually focus on infinity - you can't miss (it is 250k miles away!).
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
It's a sunny day on the moon so the sunny f/16 rule almost applies.

I would start with
1/250, f/8, ISO100
and adjust shutter speed if required.

Aperture no higher than f/8 or you will begin to introduce image degradation due to the lens limitations.

Manually focus on infinity - you can't miss (it is 250k miles away!).
Sounds a good start, Thanks, just hope it does not cloud over

My setting were nothing like that in the photo above

Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 400
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
Here is a test one


Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Think I need to put the speed up as not that sharp
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
That looks sharp to me, but have a play about with different settings until you get the result you're happiest with.
I have a bit

Much better imo but I still had to sharped it a bit


click for bigger


Shutter priority
Exposure: (1/160)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 800 Auto
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
Cleaned this one up a bit



Aperture priority
(1/60)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 100
 

SomeVorn

Novice Member
I'd look up whichever lens your are using on the internet and find its sharpest aperture (Nikon 18-70dx for example is 8.0 but that definitely won't be long enough), then I'd get out at dusk with a sturdy tripod and start photographing while there is still some blue sky, then wait until it goes black for a different look.

I tried a few times with my sigma 70-300 apo - its noticably soft past 225mm and the more I use it, the more i notice it.
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
I'd look up whichever lens your are using on the internet and find its sharpest aperture (Nikon 18-70dx for example is 8.0 but that definitely won't be long enough), then I'd get out at dusk with a sturdy tripod and start photographing while there is still some blue sky, then wait until it goes black for a different look.

I tried a few times with my sigma 70-300 apo - its noticably soft past 225mm and the more I use it, the more i notice it.
Yeah using the same lens, I may try again tonight at around the 200-250
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
Nice one,
We should have a full Moon soon, last time I tried it was so bright all I got was overexposed shoots but did not know how to handle the camera then at all

Edit Where did it go:confused:
 

loz

Well-known Member
Here's one I tried last night too.

Canon 450D with 55-250mm lens.
F9, 1/125s, ISO 200, -2ev
Just a crop



I was reasonably pleased with the performance of this "cheap" lens...
 

U'R'ss

Novice Member
Nice, That full moon you have in your flickr is brill :thumbsup:

The high cloud has got worse here so not looking good for tonight :(
 

chrisw

Well-known Member
I also had a go at this last night - first time my tripod has been put to use in anger!

Here are my two best efforts, both at 300mm.



 

Steve N

Distinguished Member
Yup, a tripod is a must. Also, a cable or remote release will help prevent shake even more.
Most of my moonshots are taken with my digiscoping set-upwhich means attaching my Nikon to a normal spotting scope usings Nikon's FSA-L1 adaptor.

I've not done many but have a few on my flickr Here
 

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