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This was my first attempt at the moon.If anyone has done this I'd like your thoughts and what I can to do to improve stopping short of a bigger lens.The ministery of finanace already shot it down.By the way this was taken with a 300 2.8
1.7 tc nikon d-300.thanks for any comments

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Well, you might try cropping to give a bigger view of it, which should work pretty well in your case since you have a D300 and a nice lens. Additionally, after cropping, you can sharpen the hell out of the moon,then selectively decrease that sharpening on the outline of the moon so it doesn't look over-sharpened.
 
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nice shots
please post or link to us the FULL RESOLUTION images....
and we can try to do some sharpening... if you'd allow

great first shot of the moon
 
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hey Greg hows this any better

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OK here is what I think - you don't need ISO 1600 for the moon. Yes, it's dark outside, but use ISO 200. Put your camera in spot metering. Remember, the sun is hitting that thing. One compromise of the low noise of the D300 is that it does loose some perceived sharpness at higher ISO's. I think that is the culprit here, and probably the reason why these don't look as sharp as they can with that lens.
 
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Ok so according to what your saying the only adjustment I need to make is the ISO .Correct?I was already in spot metering.Well we'll try again tonight with hopefully a little better reults.Thanks for the help and info.
 

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