How to take photos of the moon.

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  1. pocketshaver

    pocketshaver TPF Noob!

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    wait for daytime, early morning moon is fun. Have a few on a roll I need to develop.


     
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    You are using film?
     
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    Make NIKON CORPORATION
    Model NIKON D500
    Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic 8.4.1 (Windows)
    Creator D STRONG
    Copyright D STRONG
    Exposure Time 0.0010s (1/1000)
    Aperture ƒ/8.0
    Exposure Manual
    ISO equivalent 900
    Exposure Bias none
    Metering Mode Matrix
    Flash Fired No
    Focal Length 850.0mm 1275mm=35mm equivalent
    Color Space sRGB
    FocalPlaneXRes 2360.8599243164062
    FocalPlaneUnits 10
    Exposure Mode Manual
    White Balance Auto
    Focal Length (35mm) 1275
    LensModel 600.0 mm f/4.0
    Date 2019-10-14 22:41:53 (no TZ)
    Lens 600.0 mm f/4.0
     
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    yep. was out about 10 am playing with by ftb and a 100-300 zoom and well saw the moon and took a few shots. Not sure how well I zoomed in, but hey it was a lark.

    You making fun of film ?
     
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    Lonnie1212 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for sharing this information. It is impressive to see you are using the Nikon D500.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    I'm not. I use D600s. I just showed the EXIF data for the image you requested.
     
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    When you said that you have a few on a roll to develop. I first thought of someone developing a roll of film.
     
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    As others have said, single focus point, spot metering. It is so bright you'll find you can get away with hand holding it as the shutter speed should be in the 1500 range depending on ISO. Of course a tripod is better.

    I was just goofing around yesterday with a new super zoom I got for travel and took this. It is not the best lens (Tamron 18-400) but the results were fine considering the compromises in a lens like this.

    Again, nothing special just taken on a whim: 1/2000 f 8 ISO 400, 400mm (crop equivalent 640) hand held.

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    I never saw crop expressed that way, "crop equivalent". I like it. How do you determine it? Or does your editing software give it to you?
     
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    Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f/4, Nikon TC-14E III 1.4x teleconverter, Sirui EN2204 carbon tripod, Nest 530h carbon gimbal head, Neewer remote release.
    ISO 900, 1260mm (35mm equiv), 1/1000 sec, f/8.

    The biggest problem with shooting the moon with long lenses, IMHO, is camera shake. You can get away with 1/250 sec to freeze the moon's motion, but I usually use about 1/1000 to minimize shake. Other things to consider are using the camera's timer or a remote release, mirror up, but just making sure all sources of vibration or motion are removed, especially wind. Putting the tripod on solid ground is a good idea and extend the spikes if your tripod is so equipped. I like to shoot in Live View for best possible focus.
     
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    tripod, mirrorless camera, sigma 150-600mm zoom ... 2 sec shutter

    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless

    [​IMG]Untitled by c w, on Flickr
     
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    I may be opening a can of worms on the forum but on Canon multiply by 1.6 and Nikon 1.5. So, my Canon 300mm f 4 L is 300mm on the full frame and 480 on the crop sensor.

    Nice shot. Do you live in a low humidity area?
     

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