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Your best Moon photos!

Postby Gordon Laing » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:25 pm

Hi everyone, we're seeing some great photos of the Moon here in the technical section, so I thought I'd start a stickie thread where people can post their best photos of the Moon, along with a description of what they used to take it. The idea is to encourage newcomers to Lunar photography to give it a shot, so please also explain if there was any special technique you had to use, or any tips you can provide.

Remember, magnification isn't always King here - a nice landscape view with the Moon in it can look great!

If you have any questions about Lunar photography, please start a new thread- this one is to be used as a gallery of examples!

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Postby kpr » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:00 am

Great idea Gordon.


This is about my best attempt so far.


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Focal Length: 500.0mm (35mm equivalent: 750...
Exposure Time: 0.011 s (1/90)
Aperture: f/16.0
ISO Equiv.: 400
Whitebalance: Auto
Metering Mode: matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Auto bracketing
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Postby popo » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:07 am

Best detail:

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Click for bigger version, approx 1.8 MB, 2888×3863. Canon 50D with Celestron Nexstar 4 SE scope and 2x barlow. 1/60s, 2650mm, f/26, ISO1250. From memory this is a stitch of 5 or 6 images.

Best colour:

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Postby Symtex » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:38 pm

First shot is with a Focal Reducer F6.3. That's the equivalent of shooting at 1320mm

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This is without the Focal Reducer F6.3. That's the equivalent of 2300mm

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All of them when shot through a 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope mounted on an GEM HEQ5 Pro. Camera was connected through a T-Ring + 2" T-adapter to allow enough enough back travel for the sensor to focus.
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Postby Citruspers » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:43 pm

I'm afraid my approach is a bit different. Having only access to a slow 18-105 kitlens, this is the best conventional moon image I could get. Consider it a fake moon HDR, because I shot the stars and the moon, and combined the 2 (which shouldn't be possible).:
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Next up is the non-conventional night/water/landscape Gordon's talking about. Hey, it has the moon on it? ;) (straight out of the camera, sorry for the crooked horizon)
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Postby Symtex » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:23 am

If you guys want to take a look. I have uploaded a full resolution , not cropped of the original RAW image with a F6.3 Focal reducer. This is a 2 meg jpg file. You can see much more details.

http://www.astronomyphotography.com/images/IMG_0001_2-1.jpg
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Postby Gordon Laing » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:39 pm

The last time I seriously photographed the Moon was during the last total eclipse visible in the Southern Hemisphere on 28 August 2007.

I used a Televue Genesis SDF refracting telescope which has a 540mm focal length and f5.4 aperture - so a 100mm objective. I then fitted a Canon EOS 5D DSLR with a 2x teleconverter, which has proven an effective and sharp combo in the past. So I was working at a real - and effective - focal length of 1080mm at f10.8.

The scope was on a tracking mount, but I hadn't aligned it accurately, so I found the maximum exposures I could get away with were no longer than half a second. Since the reddish effect during totality is very dim, this meant cranking up the ISO further than I'd liked. I shot RAW plus JPEG.

Here's three quick shots showing a partial before totality and the moment a few minutes before and after totality. All are taken directly from the JPEG originals with daylight white balance and none have been adjusted or tweaked.

The first shot was taken at 1/250 at 100 ISO.

The second and third shots were taken at 0.5 secs at 1600 ISO.

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You'll notice I foolishly removed my camera during totality to do some observing with the telescope and as such the third image isn't orientated to match the first two - bah! Looks like I'll be doing some rotating later on this one...

Note: these are crops, but to show you the size of the moon on the originals, here's a full-size, uncropped frame.

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If you're interested in eclipses, the undisputed expert is NASA's Fred Espinak, who's website http://www.mreclipse.com/MrEclipse.html will tell you everything you need to know about photographing these beautiful events.

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Postby cybermystic » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:27 pm

Make no mistake - a good image of the Moon is tough. This is NOT a good image:

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Canon 40D with Canon 100-400 mm zoom at 400 mm with x1.4 teleconverter. f#8 with various exposure times from 0.5 second to 1/100 second combined using an HDR equivalent.

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Postby BDS » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:55 pm

here's my shot with the Canon SX10is at max telephoto(4 x 560mm)
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Postby pcg821 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:54 pm

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Postby Melges » Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:03 pm

My best moon photo with canon sx 10 is.
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Postby popo » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:33 pm

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Might as well make use of the cloud while it is in the way.
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Postby IppatsuMan71 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:07 am

ISO 100 , 192mm ( don't ask why :oops: ) , f/4.0 , 1/320 , 100% crop

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Softer post processing , went a bit overboard in first one

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Postby elro » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:59 pm

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100% Full Moon
October 4, 2009 Seoul, South Korea

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Postby Ivan Arnaud » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:46 am

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Full moon
I took the photo directly from a telescope's eyepiece.

Canon VIXIA HG20 (HD Camcorder, but takes stills @ 3.2MP :( )
1/120 sec.
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