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Tonight's moon test with SMC A*1200 ED IF
Posted By: SCGushue, 05-13-2008, 08:00 PM

Those at NYC's latitude will note how high the moon was above the horizon tonight. I had to point the lens nearly straight up on the gimbal to sight the moon. Too much of a kink in the neck to stay at it for very long. The image below was f16 @ 1/30 sec.

Larger image @ _IGP0750 copyMoon 1500sb.jpg photo - Stephen C. Gushue photos at pbase.com

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05-13-2008, 10:52 PM   #16
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Warning to all that may be tempted to buy from Cambridgeworld, bought an item from them, it was used / defective, sent it back, they lost it, would not replace it or give me a refund, treated me horribly, would not return emails, nasty on the phone. Be warned, they are bad news.
Reseller Ratings 32 complaints - most amazing thing I have ever read.

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Lets see a picture of the camera with that lense on it!
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As I looked at the photo and the lens only one word came to mind..... WOW!

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Sooo ... how many cars did you sell to purchase this lens?????
And you must have a very large safe to keep it in.
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Do you need Schwarzenegger to hold it up


If you have the coin buy it

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Apparently, yes it does. There's even a picture. (Drool)

A* 1200/8 ED [IF]
Errrrrr, that is huge! I thought only Canon is producing a 1200mm autofocus along with Carl Zeiss 3000mm f4 available. This is just insane!

Now I wonder whether Stephen has assymetry of his biceps muscle. Or a subluxation of right shoulder joint by now ...

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I posted a thread in the long past regarding this dodgy on-line shop that I bought A* 135mm f1.8 from. The payment was made and I had never received the lens from them. The phone number was a fake and there was never an answer from their email contact.

Finally I got the money refunded through my own credit card company. This shop shall be closed down!
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Thats fricken awesome!
Thanks Jay.

QuoteOriginally posted by vizjerei Quote
Holy... look at all the detail.. and how big is the moon!!
Thank you... and as for size... Well, if you put your fingers up to your eye to measure.... about a 1/4 of an inch

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You sure captured a lot of detail, very impressiv
Thanks. The test was to see how stable the platform was I was shooting on was. I must say that I am impressed by the effectivness of the Wimberley II Gimbal and the Gitzo tripod combo. Detail seems fairly good for this focal length and only 1/30 of a sec.

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It is very impressive with all that details.

But A* 1200mm really exist? I am really surprised to find out about this. It must cost a fortune!
James, yeah it exists. About a little over 100 of them anyway. I wanted this lens when it first came out but really couldn't justify a lens that was so specialized. But the kids are finished with college and graduate school so I figured it was time for some fun.

Stephen
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That is one amazing shot!
Thank you Rosemary.

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never heard of an A*1200 ... unless it is a smaller lens with stacked TC
Well, that gives me an idea... If the weather stays clear later this week maybe I'll snap on a 1.4X

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That is one of the finest moon shots that I have seen in a long time, thanks for posting it.
Thank you very much Heinrich.

QuoteOriginally posted by Eaglerapids Quote
Sharpness personified, wow.
Thanks. Wish I could get the mirror to lock up with the remote for more than two seconds before capture. Would probably be sharper still. Will have to research that a little more to solve any shutter shake problems.

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WoW! It looks like you could pick it up and eat it, like its a ball of cheese!
I know what you mean.

Very impressive detail on that one!
Thank you.

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Great shot...and wow, that lens is a beast.
It is a monster and not a practical lens at all. But it is useful... sometimes.

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That is a spectacular capture.
Awesome use of an awesome lens.
Mate, thanks for sharing!
Thank you and pleasure to do so.

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Extraordinary! Best I've seen that was not from a telescope.
Most appreciated! Thank you.

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Tranquility Base the Eagle has landed....I think I even see lunar rover tracks.... that is so clear...nice shot Stephen
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As I looked at the photo and the lens only one word came to mind..... WOW!
Thanks Bruce

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Sooo ... how many cars did you sell to purchase this lens?????
And you must have a very large safe to keep it in.
No cars were hurt in the purchase. And yes, for insurance purposes it is kept in a vault at my studio. So co-ordinating using it is a must.

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Do you need Schwarzenegger to hold it up


If you have the coin buy it

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It is quite heavy and cannot be effectively handled on a tripod alone. A gimbal head is a must and that allows you to move the lens around with a finger. Push with a finger and then stop pushing and the lens stays where you stop applying pressure no matter what position you leave the lens.
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Lets see a picture of the camera with that lense on it!
Will do. Couldn't get the k100d working because the AA were not charged.

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Tranquility Base the Eagle has landed....I think I even see lunar rover tracks.... that is so clear...nice shot Stephen
I was looking for the flag myself Charlie. Beginning to wonder if we were ever really there.

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Add the 1.4 and I bet you can find the flag or at least the base from the lunar module. You'll have to call NASA and find out the exact coordinates. Great shot and super sharp. Have you taken any terrestrial shots with it?

You'll have to add a picture to our lens review data base since this one is missing and you're probably the only one that will ever have this beast.

Here are the specs you can send Adam to update the database:

SMC Pentax-A* 1200mm f/8 ED [IF]
Angle of View (degrees) 2.1
Lens Construction (groups/elements) 8-9
Min. Aperture (f) 45
Min. Focusing Distance (m) 8.0
Max. Magnification (macro range) 0.16
Max. Diameter & Length (mm) 170.0 x 684.0
Filter Size (mm) 49
Weight (g) 8,580
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