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Forum: Photo Critique 01-26-2019, 11:47 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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I am as well, Clackers.

Plus, I love starting threads that stir the pot a bit. ;) It's the lawyer in me.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-25-2019, 11:40 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 08:24 PM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Wait. You're in Ontario. When exactly does snow / sleet not disrupt the internets?

---------- Post added 01-23-19 at 08:27 PM ----------



Thank you for the extensive comment! Whenever I can see the moon again, I will use these and others. I have Registax, but have the devil of a time doing much with it, but that's likely because I get something like 20 frames, which isn't nearly enough to work with in the stacking programs. I also considered using my telephoto and video recording, but that's for another experiment.

---------- Post added 01-23-19 at 08:27 PM ----------



14mm Prime. One of the Rokinon / Samyang lenses?
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 08:39 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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I suspect you're correct as well. My 60-300 is at f/5.4 at the long end. With the 2X TC, it's 2-stops loss, I think. So, f/8 if wide open.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 07:38 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Oh, absolutely. My thought was to whether 2s was the cause of the lack of focus, or the ice, or some other issue. Hence, my original thought "I couldn't get wide enough to capture the moon and color without motion blur." I still think I would've been able to speed the shutter with (1) a wider lens, and / or (2) Taking into account your original suggestion of turning SR off.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 07:24 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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See now, I always thought the reason the moon moved fast was due, similarly to the stars, to the earth's rotation. I mean, the earth rotates at 15 degrees per hour. The moon travels roughly 13 degrees per day. So, most of the speed is, similarly to the stars, due to the earth's rotation, no?
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 07:15 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Nope! I saw it. This last was in the context of understanding what the previous, more science-inclined comment, said. Your advice was and is good. :)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2019, 07:08 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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See, now that's what I thought. Thanks for lay-manning it.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 08:09 PM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Amazing knowledge. I got most of that, I think. I had a bit of trouble, though, after the 600mm, and before the "If the blur..."
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 07:09 PM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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The higher ISO washed out from noise, alas. I took all of my photos on manual settings and experimented with near-totality and totality, without success. However, I did not have as much time as I wished, as I was (with only slight jesting) nearing freeze burns on my toes.

I did buy a tracking mount (iOptron), but it's been too cold or too cloudy to align it well as of late.

Thanks for the advice!

---------- Post added 01-22-19 at 07:12 PM ----------



I will bet you that this is precisely what happened. I had the same experience, and I will bet it was an SR issue. Gotta remember that. Thank you!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 01:14 PM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Also, Brian, here are a couple more, same equipment, on other nights:

One from earlier in the eclipse, and two from late Dec.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 01:08 PM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Views: 2,513
Brian,

It was freezing and my equipment was icing, but attached is a photo of the moon from last night, with the same equipment. I got about 15 shots between cloud banks. This is cropped and enhanced in Lightroom. It seems that I have the focus towards the back of the moon fine, and the front is either out, or there's not enough highlighted features to tell.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 11:36 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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Thank you - I'll def. have to confirm SR is off when on tripod. I found that anything below 2s wasn't producing an image at all, so I think a wider lens might be necessary (or a telescope...). Thanks again, photolady!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 08:43 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
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It was on a tripod. I believe SR was turned off, but I don't recall at this point. Something to ensure is off for astro, generally, then? Or just moon? Thank you!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-22-2019, 07:09 AM  
Night Out of Focus - Blood Moon
Posted By jawats
Replies: 37
Views: 2,513
All,

I took photos of the eclipse the other night. The bright moon or partial were fine, but when it came to the blood moon, I had difficulties with focus. I suspect one of two issues:

1. An iced-over lens. However, the lens elements themselves seemed fine, even when I had ice on the outside of the lens.

2. With the 2x teleconverter I was using, I couldn't get wide enough to capture the moon and color without motion blur. I suspect this is more likely.

Attached is the best example I was able to capture, with some lightening and haze-reduction in LR. It was roughly 600mm, give or take (due to imprecise effect of "2x" teleconverter). Any thoughts as to the lack of focus? Or other critiques? I am generally good with the manual focus, and I took about 10 photos, some which seemed in focus, some either side of that, and some based solely on focus confirmation.
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