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First attempt on the moon

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by aragorn1980, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Hi all.Here is a photo of the moon captured from my balcony last night.It is a 100% crop and the photo was taken with my Pana 45-175 lens.I am trying to do better so advice is most welcome.

    DMC-G10    LUMIX G VARIO PZ 45-175/F4.0-5.6    157mm    f/8.0    1/400s    ISO 100
  2. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    You're missing the second img tag.
    The image can been seen using the URL.

    Did you use a tripod? I feel one is needed to squeeze the best out of your lens for the moon.

    I think you need moon in a context for an interesting shot at shorter focal lengths.
    Moon detail is hungry for reach. It wasn't until my 100-300 I got anything I think reasonable - and that reaches a limit - I would want more. The 300 is certainly not near the best possible.

    There's some advice in this thread:
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  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Had some light clouds move in last night and it made for a very hazy view of the moon. Drat! :mad: 
  4. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Hi Spuff.Yeah i used a tripod.I believe the second image is better than the 100% crop but either way i believe that i can't do anything better with this lens.I have ordered a T mount adaptor in order to buy the Samyang 500 f6.3.That should give me better results.I will post a few more.
  5. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I've only shot the moon a few times, but you definitely want a really long lens. Even the 100-300 is on the short end for getting detail shots. The 500mm should be interesting :biggrin:

    Not sure what body you're using but these are my settings for the GX1 that I've used successfully, if that helps any:

    1) use tripod with timer and/or wired shutter release
    2) use spot metering to expose for the moon
    3) pinpoint focusing
    4) set ISO to lowest (160)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/7903878992/" title="Once in A... by jloden, on Flickr"> 7903878992_9b2a12b163_c. "800" height="601" alt="Once in A..."></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30940068@N02/7869364734/" title="R.I.P. Neil Armstrong by jloden, on Flickr"> 7869364734_16a50f28b2_c. "800" height="601" alt="R.I.P. Neil Armstrong"></a>
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  6. plutoniumhunter

    plutoniumhunter Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2011
  7. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro


    I stuck my fist on top of fence post and shot this with the 400mm AIs last month.
  8. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    This was my first attempt, taken last October. I used my P45-200mm, taken at 200mm using the extended optical zoon feature which I know doesn't give any zoom advantage over cropping, but it helps to frame and focus better. The camera was tripod mounted and the shutter on timed release.

  9. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Glad to see some good shots and my thread still alive!
    I managed to take some shots using my new tele Samyang 500mm last night.I will post a few of them tonight or tomorrow after finishing processing them.Stay in touch and thank you for sharing your photos!
  10. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    200mm can get some nice moon detail when cropped for web, but is no good for printing. This one is from a Zeiss 135mm with Zuiko 1.4X teleconverter (200mm total), hand-held:
    E-PM1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/750s    ISO 200
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  11. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    As i promised here is my first shot using my Samyang 500mm f 6.3.The result is much better than the one i got with my panny 45-175 and now i am waiting for the full moon to go out and try my luck! :biggrin:

    Moon shot with Samyang 500mm f 6.3
    DMC-G10    ---       f/1.0    1/60s    ISO 100
  12. MikeB

    MikeB Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Actually, you may not want the full moon. The sun is directly behind you, so there's no shadows. The surface appears very flat. But when you get a quarter moon, the sun is to the side, and you get lots of nice shadows to highlight the craters and surface detail. Of course, if you are really ambitious, you should grab a shot every day or two for a month, and see how the moving shadow line highlights different slices of the surface.
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  13. tubedriver

    tubedriver Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 30, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Hey Rev Bob. I thought that you would have been able to do something regarding those clouds. With your connections and all!
  14. MikeB

    MikeB Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Here's my moon shot, using a 480mm Tele-Vue 76.

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  15. SeeingtheWorldat25mm

    SeeingtheWorldat25mm Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 28, 2012
    Some great images here!
    I'll contribute some too.
    I kinda got interested in doing moon photography after reading about it on some other forums and seeing what was needed to do astrophotography in general. Long story short, I found a MF Minolta ROKKOR 500mm f8 mirror lens for pretty cheap so decided to try my hand at it.
    First shot is back from September of this year using the 500mm.
    I then picked up a used Zuiko Digital 70-300mm lens. Second and third shot are from this week, between 263-300mm.
    All photos taken using OMD, ISO200, tripod, remote shutter release, a little LR work and cropped.

    Attached Files:

  16. lefty

    lefty Mu-43 Regular

    my first attempt , Em5+Oly 70-300+mmf3 +tripod.

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