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11-01-2014, 09:00 PM   #31
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Blood Moon Eclipse. K5IIs+ Kenko 1.5TC + Sigma 100-300/4.

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Nice montage !

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QuoteOriginally posted by Brooke Meyer Quote
Blood Moon Eclipse. K5IIs+ Kenko 1.5TC + Sigma 100-300/4.

2 Seconds, f8, ISO 800


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Nice work. We had lots of cloud cover here with limited opportunities.

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For anyone thinking of adding a telescope to their lens collection, this guy https://www.youtube.com/user/ForrestTanaka has a three part series of youtube videos I found useful.
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For anyone thinking of adding a telescope to their lens collection, this guy https://www.youtube.com/user/ForrestTanaka has a three part series of youtube videos I found useful.
He he yeah and after I buy it I will only need to get a shelter for those windy nights when my wife wont let me back in home with my telescope :P

Thanks for sharing tho - many are having more forgiving circumstances :P

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Tonight the sky is really good for that, I may try to get the moon with the FA* 250-600mm + HD TC 1.4x (840mm)... any advices to take the best shot ? Should I wait the moon is at the highest in the sky or not ?
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Tonight the sky is really good for that, I may try to get the moon with the FA* 250-600mm + HD TC 1.4x (840mm)... any advices to take the best shot ? Should I wait the moon is at the highest in the sky or not ?
Depends on your experience with the weather, here where I am in moody England I go out and shoot whenever I see the moon, low, high - whatever, because there is no way I can be sure it will stay visible in 10-15 min even. Last month I had a model example of this, where I went out with lens and did some shots because the moon was full and bright and night sky fairly clear. But I decided to go back home to pick my teleconverter and one other lens that I wanted to test if it had the infinity spot on. It took me maybe 5-10 min to come back - just to look at the Moon getting covered with clouds .. and it stayed that for as long as I waited :P .. so I say go out and shout - if later it climbs up, then go out and shoot again
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Should I wait the moon is at the highest in the sky or not ?
Technically yes, practically no.

Technically there is less atmosphere between you and the moon which should give a sharper image but practically the atmospherics vary second by second so you may get a better shot earlier.
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Technically yes, practically no.

Technically there is less atmosphere between you and the moon which should give a sharper image but practically the atmospherics vary second by second so you may get a better shot earlier.
OK, thanks guys !
and about the ideal aperture or speed... I've done a couple moon shot before, and the good results seems very random so far...

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and the good results seems very random so far...
They always are.

Try your sharpest aperture (normally around f8 - f11)

Try your best ISO setting (normally 100 or 200)

Aim for a shutter speed of 1/125 or faster.

Slightly under expose.

Use mirror lockup.

Take a shot and see if it's ok then take several (or dozens of) shots at each setting as the atmospherics keep changing and two shots a second apart can be very different.
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Did some shot of tonight's moon....
Set on a sturdy tripod with the FA* 250-600 f5.6 + K-3
used wired remote and Live View for focusing


those ones were taken at 1/500s, ISO200, F8


I cropped them (manually) to (almost) the same size in the pictures and applied exactly the same PP to both (only Sharpness, Tone and Clarity adjustments)


This one with the HD TC 1.4x (full FL @ 840mm)


La Lune / The Moon (w/ Pentax HD TC 1.4x)
by Curculion, on Flickr


This one without the HD TC 1.4x (full FL @ 600mm)



La Lune / The Moon
by Curculion, on Flickr


Can you see any differences ??
I'd say barely....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Did some shot of tonight's moon....
Set on a sturdy tripod with the FA* 250-600 f5.6 + K-3
used wired remote and Live View for focusing


those ones were taken at 1/500s, ISO200, F8


I cropped them (manually) to (almost) the same size in the pictures and applied exactly the same PP to both (only Sharpness, Tone and Clarity adjustments)


This one with the HD TC 1.4x (full FL @ 840mm)




Can you see any differences ??
I'd say barely....
good shots, I tried to shoot the moon, too, but you can not focus. too short, and your lens - 250-600 f5.6 -ideal for such surveys
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Did some shot of tonight's moon....

those ones were taken at 1/500s, ISO200, F8

I cropped them (manually) to (almost) the same size in the pictures and applied exactly the same PP to both (only Sharpness, Tone and Clarity adjustments)

Can you see any differences ??
I'd say barely....
At full size (on flickr) the second one has more noise/artifacts but that will be because you enlarged it to match the 840mm one.

The 840mm one is sharper than any I have managed with any of my lenses, only my shot with the telescope beats it but that's sort of cheating.

It does look a little too underexposed to me and you had plenty of shutter speed to spare, I would have tried 1/200 ISO100 F8 or 1/200 ISO200 F11

All in all still a great shot.

No luck for me tonight, will be solid overcast by the time it's dark.
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At full size (on flickr) the second one has more noise/artifacts but that will be because you enlarged it to match the 840mm one.

The 840mm one is sharper than any I have managed with any of my lenses, only my shot with the telescope beats it but that's sort of cheating.

It does look a little too underexposed to me and you had plenty of shutter speed to spare, I would have tried 1/200 ISO100 F8 or 1/200 ISO200 F11

All in all still a great shot.

No luck for me tonight, will be solid overcast by the time it's dark.
thanks for your comments...
I have other shots with more exposure. I'll add them when I have a chance for comparison
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Did some shot of tonight's moon....
Set on a sturdy tripod with the FA* 250-600 f5.6 + K-3
used wired remote and Live View for focusing


those ones were taken at 1/500s, ISO200, F8


I cropped them (manually) to (almost) the same size in the pictures and applied exactly the same PP to both (only Sharpness, Tone and Clarity adjustments)


This one with the HD TC 1.4x (full FL @ 840mm)



La Lune / The Moon (w/ Pentax HD TC 1.4x)
by Curculion, on Flickr


This one without the HD TC 1.4x (full FL @ 600mm)



La Lune / The Moon
by Curculion, on Flickr




Can you see any differences ??
I'd say barely....


TC one looks slightly better to me, but on the other hand the lighting is not the same so it's wash.


Funny how much better those look than mine taken through a cheap telescope:


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