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brian1208
19th November 2013, 10:15 PM
go and have a shot at it - I got this hand-held with ISO100, spot metering f8 with IS-1 at 300mm. The image is a 100% crop to 993 pixels square with minimal post-process (clarity up a touch and very little sharpening)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/10951568365_40ef41ee92_o.jpg

More detail when shot at ISO400 because of the higher shutter speed (less movement) but a little more noise I think
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/10951859624_bffba2f13a_o.jpg

crimbo
19th November 2013, 10:22 PM
nice one...but it is cloudy and wet up here...
You could try for Comet Lovejoy if it is clear...

OM USer
20th November 2013, 01:27 PM
I like a good moon shot. Show us another one when it gets to the full circle.

brian1208
20th November 2013, 02:01 PM
Trouble is the full moon isn't nearly as interesting as a partial since the shadows are less so you lose detail

That said, I tend to go out and have a go whenever the full moon and weather work together :)

Falk
20th November 2013, 02:17 PM
Nothing but lousy weather the past days. I managed to see Lovejoy last week through binocs, but had planned to try some shots of ISON, before it gets blasted to pieces.
Since he errupted some gass and brightened a lot a few days back it seemed as I should be able to get some nice photos in. But it looks like I totally failed on this one, as I've not even had any glimps through the binoculars at him :(

Brian, I like the low ISO version of your moon better. You could probably get it as sharp as the other one in PP if you wanted to!?

brian1208
20th November 2013, 02:57 PM
I like the low ISO version of your moon better

So do I now I've had the chance to look at them properly

I'm still hoping that ISON will brighten a bit then it may be worth getting my 'scope out and do a bit more astrophotography

Imageryone
20th November 2013, 04:35 PM
The moon has been bright here, but with that horrible light haze all around, waste of time freezing one's extremity's in that situation :D:D:D

bredman
20th November 2013, 04:47 PM
Great shots, i prefer the sharper, more noisy one :), maybe the softer image is too large. As the moon continues to wane it will become more and more photographic as more shadows = more details.

banjukes
20th November 2013, 08:44 PM
Great shots Brian. We had quite a clear moon today up until 10am or so.

brian1208
20th November 2013, 10:04 PM
Its another cracker tonight, in case anyone wants a go (me, I'm staying in the warm tonight! :D )

bredman
20th November 2013, 10:08 PM
Its another cracker tonight, in case anyone wants a go (me, I'm staying in the warm tonight! :D )

Me too. Besides, it's a long drive to Dorset and it'll be cloudy by the time i get there like it is here in north Notts. :) Actually it was horizontal sleet for the last few hours -- truly miserable weather. *yes

Anne
20th November 2013, 11:10 PM
Great photos Brian. They both look good to me on the iPad :)

I've never tried taking photos of the moon before so I think that will have to be a challenge to myself soon. Preferably when it is a bit warmer :D

brian1208
20th November 2013, 11:17 PM
These cold crisp nights are the best time to get a good image Anne, when the sky warms up you start getting heat diffraction which causes image distortion.

I must confess I never go out for more than a few minutes at a time (except on the rare occasions when there is something a bit special going on, like comet ISON will be - hopefully)

Ralph Harwood
21st November 2013, 12:30 AM
Hi there Brian!

I'm very jealous of your clear moon down there in Dorset - I've been trying to get a clear shot for the past three days with my new E-pl3 and every time I've got outside with the tripod and 500mm mirror the clouds have rolled in and I've missed it. I tried again about an hour ago and within about 1 minute the clouds came scudding across the sky, teasing me for a few minutes with small gaps almost long enough to focus and fire, before clouding over altogether!

No doubt when I stop trying the clouds will go completely, but until then keep posting your images so I have something to look at in the absense of any moon up here.

Cheers,

Ralph.

BDennis
21st November 2013, 01:57 AM
Nice! I tried it with the E-M1 + 90-250mm f2.8 - ISO 200 1/500 @ f3.5, IS Off, Tripod

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2832/10970749856_447f12b10f_o.jpg

Still a little too heavy to hand-hold for me!

--Bill