the sky at night

Discussion in 'Nature' started by pdh, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I was capturing the arrangement of Moon and planets for a friend, but on processing the images found a nice little extra in one of them ... I presume that it is a meteor ... worth clicking through to Flickr to view on black (or original size) if you can't quite see here ...

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    moon, planets by _loupe, on Flickr


    E-P2, KH 50/1.7, 4s, f/5.6, ISO160, IS off
     
  2. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
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    Paul

    I took a shot of the moon last night which I am still trying to figure out

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  3. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    User "mauve" over at mu-43 used to be the one for moon shots
     
  4. winginkris

    winginkris SC Veteran

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    Dec 15, 2011
    The moon is very bright and needs to be photographed with a fast shutter speed. I shot this handheld with a 70-300mm VR lens on a Nikon d300, then cropped. I can't remember the shutter speed, but I was surprised that I could get this result, handheld at night! Yours looks to overexposed. You should only clearly see the crescent and maybe some of the moon that isn't lit by the sun as much.
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    DSC_4711 by Winginkris, on Flickr
     
  5. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
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    Winginkris

    fast shutter speed - are you sure, the moon doesn't move around quickly? - getting a sharp image is the difficult bit - the focus point is critical and using your sharpest fstop is desirable- not the fastest shutter speed - the lens will always be the limiting factor

    I know how to shoot the moon - my point was, and I tried to post an image to emphasis what I saw - and then adjusted it in LR to show this, that I am not sure what is where in this moon shot

    here are a couple that I shot last year - 1/50th at f8 - ISO 200 at 300mm - taken with the same lens that you have, 70 300mm VR and camera D300 - I used MF - Liveview and mirror up on a tripod with VR off - and still the lens is not good enough to get a clear image

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  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I reckon that big bright thing in the middle is the Moon ... as for that funny little white blob just above it, well I expect my guess will be as good as any you have, and probably more facetious to boot ... if it's not the aliens on their way, then perhaps a moth?
    There's so much "space junk" up there it could even be Buzz Aldrin's poo
     
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  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    you reckon! .......... has the moon got a moon!

    I need to get a bigger lens - never mind all this "compact" stuff