The Moon

TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
edited April 2013 in Nikon DSLR cameras
Since we don't have a Moon thread on the new site - here we go! Post photos and all the camera info!

D800 - Tokina 300mm f2.8 w/ 2x teleconverter (Kenko) @ f/8, 1/80th, ISO 100
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For full moon I have always heard (and it works as a starting point) to shoot it at ISO 200, 1/250th, @ f/5.6. Depending on the season, light pollution, not a full moon, limitations on lens, etc. that moves a bit. That has always been where I start from and have good luck. I always shoot manual for it as well. The Moon tricks even the best meters.
D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
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  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    Great shot buddy. :D
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,350Moderator
    edited April 2013
    Thanks, TTJ.

    Moon

    Nikon D4, 400mm f/2.8 VR Nikkor, TC14-EII, 1/250 f/7.1, ISO 5600, -3.0 ev Center weighted metering

    Bigger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fantinesfotos/7271196678/sizes/o/in/photostream/

    This was shot during a car race at night....just a point and shoot....well, maybe a couple trials to figure out how to get exposure correct. I think the next time I will use center point metering, as close as possible to the lighted part of the moon. It looks like an 18% gray card to me...LOL
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    Msmoto, mod
  • Rx4PhotoRx4Photo Posts: 1,196Member
    Wow, What detail TTJ. Thanks, and thanks to the others as well.
    D800 | D7000 | Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 | 24-70mm f/2.8 | 70-200mm f/2.8 | 35mm f/1.8G | 85mm f/1.4G | Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM | Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar ZF.2 | Flash controllers: Phottix Odin TTL

  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    Thanks! Not bad for a 3rd party lens and a "sub-par" teleconverter! Not much post on it at all. 36mp makes a huge difference on that for sure.
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 980Member
    Nice shot TTJ. I have been meaning to try with my 300 F4 and just haven't gotten around to it lately.
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • LockonLockon Posts: 13Member
    edited April 2013
    Here is my attempt when playing around with my new 80-400 IF AF-S:

    The Moon
    (Click to see larger)

    D800, new Nikon 80-400 , 1/400 ƒ/7.1 ISO 125 370 mm
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  • ssj92ssj92 Posts: 12Member
    Wow, nice pictures!

    Here's some:

    D50 - ISO 800, f/9, 1/160s, Tamron 28-200 @ 200mm

    image

    D7100 - ISO 800, f/11, 1/320s, 1.3x crop mode, Tamron 28-200 @ 200mm

    image
    D800, D50, M18XR2, i7 870, 16GB, TITAN
  • TonTon Posts: 509Member
    A long time ago I found the following, don't know where, maybe it is something.

    How to photograph the Moon

    300mm minimaal (FX)
    Lens op M/A, VR on, focal full
    Servo AF-C
    AF point single
    ISO 200
    Manual 1/250 f/8.0
    Monochrome

    Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Aparture etc. will ignore Picture Control Setting and adjustments due to lack of built-in camera profiles. NX2 has this profiles.
    Those who say it can't be done, should not interrupt those doing it!
  • macsavageg4macsavageg4 Posts: 75Member
    edited April 2013
    Taken with my D7000 through a Meade ETX-125-AT (2000mm F/15) 1/1000 sec at ISO 1600 (before I really understood ISO speeds and what they do to making pictures.)
    The Moon

    I have done some other shots since then but none seem to be as good a shot because of haze in the night sky.

    Edited to get the image to link correctly.
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  • GitzoGitzo Posts: 174Member
    @ macsavageg......How long have you had your ETX 125 Meade ? I had one for a couple of years before I moved from Ohio to Indiana; I left the telescope in my house in Ohio, and after a few years, burglars broke out a basement window and "burgled" my telescope.

    For anyone interested in taking pictures of the moon, or any astronomical object........the by far "best way", is with a computer driven, equatorial mounted, astronomical telescope, with either a camera body attached to the telescope with a "T" mount, or much better yet, an astronomical CCD camera; go to any big "star party" and you'll see lots of people with lots of telescopes, all the way from little 4 inch Newtonian reflectors, to maybe 20 inch Dobsonians. And if you think "camera junkies" get a bunch of "bucks" tied up in their "toys", you should see what some of the "telescope junkies" get into ! BTW...........@ TTJ; Bravo, TTJ, that's probably the best image of old Luna I've see so far from a "regular" camera ! A tip for all "aspiring" moon photographers; don't bother with a full moon; try at least a week before OR after a full moon; shooting the full moon from planet earth is like photographing a bowling ball, lighted with one SB-900, straight-on; no contrast, no features, just way too much flat light. Even an image from a $ 1,000,000 observatory telescope isn't a whole lot better.

    If you look at TTJ's shot, it was (wisely) made a few days before or after the full moon, and the lighting is improved remarkably; same with Tommie's shot.

  • macsavageg4macsavageg4 Posts: 75Member
    edited April 2013
    @ Gitzo... The Meade is actually one of my older brother's scopes. He picked his copy up in 2011. I have a Celestron C5 but it is no where near as nice a scope as the Meade. Thanks for the great advice on advice for shooting the moon as well. I will take that into account with the next time with the D800.

    Amazing shots to see in this thread. I am hoping to add some more a little later on here. If I ever get the time to get either the C5 or the Meade out and try for some Solar shots with my solar filter that will fit either scope.

    Edited to add time frame of the Meade scope purchase date and the stuff about solar shots.
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  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 980Member
    So I don't feel left out and am not going to get a chance soon here are a couple from me...with an old P&S.
    2007_05210015

    2006_10010072

    2006_09280031

    DSC_0039

    100_1388

    Sorry...carried away \:D/
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • flight3flight3 Posts: 379Member
    edited April 2013
    Although the longest lens I have is a 50mm I found the moon to be very bright a while back. :P

    Silhouette

    Edit: The picture is actually "smoother" looking then this. I must have badly compressed it.
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    Nikon D3100, 18-55mm VR, 50mm 1.8D, Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 OS, Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash www.dreshad.com
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    image
    D800 - but I didn't save any other info.

    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • AdeAde Posts: 1,071Member
    Wow TTJ,

    You managed to snap a virtually identical image of the moon as this one captured 7 years ago (resized for comparison):

    image
    Atik 2HS CCD / Jim Ferreira / Livermore, CA

    Except the above picture was taken with a converted low-res CCD webcam and an 80mm telescope back in 2005! But almost the exact same moon angle, nearly identical phase of the moon, etc.

    What are the odds?? Amazing! You should contact the other photographer! It would be neat to compare the new 36mp image vs. the old webcam capture.
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    I'll be damned! I have noticed what Gitzo said above holds true...
    A tip for all "aspiring" moon photographers; don't bother with a full moon; try at least a week before OR after a full moon; shooting the full moon from planet earth is like photographing a bowling ball, lighted with one SB-900, straight-on; no contrast, no features, just way too much flat light. Even an image from a $ 1,000,000 observatory telescope isn't a whole lot better.
    If you look at TTJ's shot, it was (wisely) made a few days before or after the full moon, and the lighting is improved remarkably; same with Tommie's shot.
    The best detail seems to be pulled when the moon is NOT full but a few days before and/or after.
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • MikeFrewerMikeFrewer Posts: 51Member
    My first try at a moon shot. Not great detail, but I'm happy with it. Must get better though. Maybe lower the iso next time.

    DSC_1151

    D7100, 70-300 at 300mm, iso 6400, 1/640 at f/18.
  • proudgeekproudgeek Posts: 1,422Member
    Finally got a clear night to try this.
    _DSC3127
    D90 | 300mm | f/8 | 1/125s | ISO 400
    Started with the lunar 8 rule and worked backwards
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,350Moderator
    So, I finally got to where I wanted to shoot the Moon

    Three College Observatory

    See it big:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fantinesfotos/8666585889/sizes/o/in/photostream/
    Msmoto, mod
  • TonTon Posts: 509Member
    Yeah, nice one MsMoto.
    Those who say it can't be done, should not interrupt those doing it!
  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 980Member
    I am still waiting for a decent temp clear night...the pics are making me jealous though.
    D5200, D5000, S31, 18-55 VR, 17-55 F2.8, 35 F1.8G, 105 F2.8 VR, 300 F4 AF-S (Previously owned 18-200 VRI, Tokina 12-24 F4 II)
  • autofocusautofocus Posts: 625Member
    edited April 2013
    D800, ISO 400, 1/200sec, f8 @400mm. The new 80-400VRII

    WebMoon1
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  • AlfonsoAlfonso Posts: 15Member
    Nikon V1 with 300 f4 (old version) and 2x teleconverter from Tamron, no crop. ISO 400 f8 1/250 seg.


    image
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,668Moderator
    @autofocus: Nice - I'd like to see that at original size.
    Always learning.
  • MikeFrewerMikeFrewer Posts: 51Member
    edited April 2013
    DSC_1259

    My try for tonight
    Post edited by MikeFrewer on
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