Shooting the moon

Discussion in 'Panasonic/Leica Forum' started by Jock Elliott, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    There is a glorious partial moon floating outside my sunroom window as I write this.

    I stepped outside to try to capture it with the FZ200.

    At first all I got was a glowing white blob. Fussing around the settings, the best I could get was this kind-of blood moon effect:

    FZ200_shooting_the_moon_005_Medium_.JPG

    Then I remembered that Graham Houghton has some tip sheets on his download page. One is for shooting the moon. I plugged in his recipe and got this:

    FZ200_shooting_the_moon_009_Medium_.JPG

    Then I shot it again using the digital zoom:

    FZ200_shooting_the_moon_010_Medium_.JPG

    These are straight-out-of-camera jpgs with no post-processing whatsoever.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    very nice. Often on moon shots, I see people try to do too much in post and they just oversharpen everything trying to squeeze out more detail than there is.
     
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  3. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    A quick shot from this evening - hopefully with the clear summer skies I should be able to get a few more interesting shots

    not bad as the moon is 384,400 kms, (239,000 miles), from the earth ….. but I suppose that it is a "big lump" of rock

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Nice work Jock & Bill - easy to underestimate how bright the moon is.
     
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  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I must say I'm impressed with the detail Jock captured with the FZ200. While the FZ200 has a nice lens, most superzooms end up failing with critical detail at the long end of their zoom. And Bill, what camera were you using?
     
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  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Hi Steve,

    I'm really a committed DSLR guy these days

    so it was taken with a D7100 + 300mm f2.8 + TC-20Elll

    I am going to have a go with an FX camera, D700, which less pixels, (both number and density), as I reckon that this may produce a better image.

    plus I will try the V1 + FT1 with the same lens combo ……. but it looks as though it may be cloudy this evening
     
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  7. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I hear you, Bill. The last time I tried to photograph the moon I was using my Pentax K200D with the DA 55-300mm zoom. It was a handheld deal and it worked out nicely. I'm at work now but if I can find the photo when I get home I'll add it here.

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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Moon - with V1 - taken this evening - crop sensor factor is x 2.7

    [​IMG]


    D700 - - taken this evening - crop sensor factor is x 1 - if you enlarge this further it has picked up all the stars surrounding the Moon - the other two did not

    [​IMG]


    and the D7100 - - taken yesterday evening - different light this evening - crop sensor factor is x 1.5

    not very scientific as PP is different in all as are crops etc., etc.

    [​IMG]
     
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