View Full Version : There's a great Moon out there tonight

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)


More detail when shot at ISO400 because of the higher shutter speed (less movement) but a little more noise I think

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...

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

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 :)

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!?

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

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

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.

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

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 )

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

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

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.



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


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