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Critique Lunar Eclipse

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by acnomad, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. It was a chilly night so I stayed out just long enough to grab this shot. (Heavily cropped and lightly processed in LR)
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  2. Nice shot, but it appears to be a little over processed (lots of dimples maybe from over sharpening)? Focusing on the moon or stars is not an easy thing to do, and atmosphere plays a large part in it. How did you go about focusing?
     
  3. Thanks for those points. I probably tried a bit too hard to wring some more sharpness out of a soft image. I had a very clear, but very cold night, so while atmospheric interference was not a factor, my impatience might have been. I focused in live view, but, having forgotten my reading glasses and remote release cord, the softness may be from missed focus and/or camera vibration - possibly both. What tips would you offer for focusing on the moon?
     
  4. I use a piece of software called BackyardNikon on a PC connected to the camera - then zoom in and use the SW to adjust the focus. The problem I have always found with hand focussing is to move the focus a very small amount - it is almost impossible.

    Also, if you take multiple photos then use a piece of stacking software (free versions available) it will help a soft(er) image look sharper. Here is an example. This was about 10-12 photos of the moon that I stacked.



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  5. Very nice example of stacking. I had no idea that software existed that helps with focusing. I have never liked tethering, but it looks like there's a free trial, so I'll give it a whirl.

    BTW, I just took a peek at your web site - great stuff!
     
  6. Thanks! My astro stuff is kinda hidden - but if you are bored it is here

    I was never a fan of tethering - but sometimes it is the only way to go.

    It looks like we are neighbors - I live on the west side of St Charles.
     
  7. Just sent you a PM.
     
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