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10-28-2010, 07:53 PM   #16
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Same again, with less resizing. Same settings though, but sightly different PP



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And then there is that last variable, the atmospherics.
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But I think most would do well to forget the small details until other steps can be done well relative ease and success. Then when it is time the small differences can be addressed.

You can test some of those small differences sometime soon but for now, in the backyards of our suburban houses..
Actually I have no idea where the original poster lives.
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But I think most would do well to forget the small details until other steps can be done well relative ease and success. Then when it is time the small differences can be addressed.

You can test some of those small differences sometime soon but for now, in the backyards of our suburban houses..
Actually I have no idea where the original poster lives.
I agree, get the exposure, focus and motion-blur figured out first. Then start hunting the clear and steady air.

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Great thanks guys!
I really found some good tutors!

I live in Limassol in Cyprus, you would have to Google it I suppose

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So after so much time, i got my best photo yet of the moon... I am not so happy though, as it still not so sharp... I am thinking again what i am doing wrong here! Is it my focus settings, or the lens?

But anyway, thanks for the help everyone!

This was with a tripod, i will be trying to get a similar photo without tripod now

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Assuming your focusing is accurate...

Is your lens max ap f5.6 ? I ask because not many lenses are sharpest at their max ap. I would have used at least f8, and i think there may well be some camera shake there too. Is your tripod/head stable enough ? The shutter speed is ok

You say you used a tripod, but you need to try 2 second MLU with remote cable firing
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Ok thanks.
I thought that tripod wouldn't be so important, as another user said before that took the moon hand held.

So I'll try at higher f, and also double check to be stable..

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You will struggle to get sharp shots of the moon, ( as already seen here ) though not cropping will help, as it will cover up the blur /softness.

The only way to get decent shots is to tripod, 2 second MLU., remote fire, use at least f8, at least 1/160th. Fiddle with ISO till you can get those figures
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Other thing you might want to try, shoot early in the morning when the air has had a chance to calm down.
I have managed couple good images that were taken around 4 in the morning.
If is usually hard to get good results if the stars are twinkling or there is a halo around the moon.
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Yup, good point. My 2 above were early morning, crisp , cold and clear
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from the window of my office, hand held...

Followed all tips you said above, except of course the tripod

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Excellent - much better. Just a tad more processing and it looks real good


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Very good, well done for a hand held. Now you are starting to push the limits of the lens. Time to consider a refractor telescope. TBA= telescope buying addiction.

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Fin and Matt - Great shots! I love the limb.

Here is one I made with the Panny GF1 - 1.4x and 2x TCs - Tamron 400/4 65B Adaptall
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I definitely used a tripod and had a slower shutter with all the TC's knocking down my light but as you all say, this thing is bright so you can actually often hand-hold images since your shutter speed will typically be pretty quick.
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