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Help with moon shots, please.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pbenedic, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. pbenedic

    pbenedic

    330
    Mar 9, 2005
    Here is how I feel about my recent attempts to "shoot the moon" with the D2x/Bigma:
    51015966.
    They are just not sharp. I don't think that is lens/tripod, or even setup (using a sturdy tripod/IR relase/mirror lockup).
    I think it is settings.
    Can someone recommend a combo of settings to try (ISO, shutter. aperture).
    I'd like to try again tonight and I'll let you know how I do.
    Thanks.

    Pat B
     
  2. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Pat,

    Here's my last attempt at a moon shot. These were shot with the D70 / 300 2.8 + 2.0 TC. The EXIF is also shown.

    [​IMG]

    EXIF:

    Date Taken: 2005-05-21 21:47:26
    Date Digitized: 2005-05-21 21:47:26
    Date Modified: 2005-05-21 23:09:11
    Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Model: NIKON D70
    Size: 959x944
    Bytes: 385595
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 600mm
    Exposure Time: 0.002s (2/1000)
    Exposure Program: Aperture priority
    Exposure Bias: -3
    LightSource: 10
    SensingMethod: One-chip color sensor
    ColorSpace: sRGB

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  4. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  5. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Paul gave you some good information. (Man that hurt to say :wink: ) The Bigma is best stopped down between F8 and F11. If you do this your shutter speed will be to slow and will get motion blur from the moon or your tripod. Raise the film speed to get shutter speed out of the danger zone and now you add noise.

    Having fun yet? :smile:
     
  6. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    D2x+Bigma+Sigma1.4TC
    [​IMG]

    D2x+300F4+Nikon1.4TC
    [​IMG]
     
  7. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  8. pbenedic

    pbenedic

    330
    Mar 9, 2005
    Wow. Thanks.
    Going to give it a try.
     
  9. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  10. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Moony f/8-11? I think you've coined a new photography term Bjorn.... :biggrin:
     
  11. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    I'm flattered :redface: , but no, something like this rule has been known for ages so isn't my invention at all :smile: The astronomy guys have plenty of web pages on the subject, for example.
     
  12. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
     
  13. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Thanks Paul. I have a feeling that my Bigma and TC's will be for sale soon as I am doing mainly portrait shots now.

    I think an average tripod would not fair so well. For these shots I am using a heavy surveyors tripod. That combined with mirror lockup, remote released helped considerably. I was never able to get that kind of detail from the D70 and believe it was due to lack of MLU. I have pictures of my tripod setup if anyone is interested.
     
  14. Well I'm not up to it against the experts, but I figure you cannot shoot fast enough with a dark object like the moon and with a huge lesn like the Sigma 800mm F5.6. I try to use spot metering and one stop under max aperture to get decent sharpness for my moon shots ( I figure depth of field is not really an issue at the distance we have to the moon :) ).

    Here are a two with the D2H and the Sigma 800.
    40997576.
    and
    51028094.
     
  15. rsimms

    rsimms

    89
    Apr 30, 2005
    Redondo Beach, CA
    I've spent quite a bit of time doing astrophotography at Mt Wilson in Los Angeles. I use my F100 and ISO 100 film but I think the settings should carry over for digital:
    (BTW my scope is a 1000mm F/5 so all settings are based on that)
    Cresent Moon- ISO 100 1/4
    Quarter Moon- IS0 100 1/30
    Full Moon- ISO 100 1/60

    My mount tracks so I don't have any issues with blur, but if I were shooting my D2x and using a stationary tripod I would up the ISO to 400 and adjust the shutter speed accordingly (e.g. Cresent - ISO 400 1/15, etc).

    Hope that helps
     
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