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The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

Trying out the Moon with the 300mm F4 + MC-20. 1/200 F8 @ ISO 200, tripod. Some cropping, levels and sharpening in C1Pro. I tried higher ISOs and shutter speeds but this seemed to work the best.

First chance I've had to try moon shots with the new tele-convertor as I had to send my lens off for repairs.

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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

There's a nice amount of detail in it there.

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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

That looks very nice. Definitely a step up over the shot i got using my 40-150.
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20


My best efforts last night. I used Registax to stack 4 photos. Despite the EM1 ii with the 300mm Pro + 1.4TC showing good focus, did not get what I hoped for. Maybe a bit of vibration somewhere. I have used Faststone to edit, maybe just oversharpenend a bit...

Tripod and cable release used...……….
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

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My best efforts last night. I used Registax to stack 4 photos. Despite the EM1 ii with the 300mm Pro + 1.4TC showing good focus, did not get what I hoped for. Maybe a bit of vibration somewhere. I have used Faststone to edit, maybe just oversharpenend a bit...

Tripod and cable release used...……….
This is an example of when stacking works against you. Did you use the magnification option to enlarge the image and then manual focus. What ISO and shutter speed did you use?

As you say a bit of vibration may be the cause even on a tripod I use electronic shutter with a 12 sec delay and remote release.
Oh forgot to mention passing high cloud can be an issue as well.
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This is an example of when stacking works against you. Did you use the magnification option to enlarge the image and then manual focus. What ISO and shutter speed did you use?

As you say a bit of vibration may be the cause even on a tripod I use electronic shutter with a 12 sec delay and remote release.
Oh forgot to mention passing high cloud can be an issue as well.
Hi Dave, No I used the MF to focus using Peaking. Alas, no I did not magnify to focus. I will do that next time...

ISO 200, f8 and 1/250th, with the electronic silent shutter. I did not see any significant cloud, though there was some around..

I have had these poor results before, and still not really sure why. My last moon shot before this set was spot on.....
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Hi Dave, No I used the MF to focus using Peaking. Alas, no I did not magnify to focus. I will do that next time...

ISO 200, f8 and 1/250th, with the electronic silent shutter. I did not see any significant cloud, though there was some around..

I have had these poor results before, and still not really sure why. My last moon shot before this set was spot on.....
Using the magnify mode at max to help manual focus makes a huge difference Highly recommended, it's quite surprising to see the sensitivity and focus peaking just doesn't always get it spot on as I have learn't to my cost a few times.

The moon moves very fast so I would go for a faster shutter speed of at least 1/500 or even 1/1000th sec.

Finally even using cable release cases some vibration, use the delay setting of at least two secs or higher.

Then after all that a change in the viewing level due to cloud or air turbulance still can catch you out.

Good fun this astro stuff
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

Thanks very much for that advice Dave, appreciated.

Maybe days before we see the moon again, a deluge or two are on their way......
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

As others have said - nice detail.
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

Interesting comments about focus. I've always just used af assuming that the moon was so far away the large dof would cover any issues.
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

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Interesting comments about focus. I've always just used af assuming that the moon was so far away the large dof would cover any issues.
In theory you are right the moon is 384 million meters away and the DOF is huge but it does make a difference if you look at the screen when magnifying the view. A tiny movement of the focus ring can make all the difference.

Another technique is to take say three shots at different exposure settings say +1, 0, -1 stop. Then stack using HDR to bring out more detail in the brighter areas, where it tends to get lost.

Don't forget to turn Auto-Focus OFF if you are on a tripod it actually makes things worse.

Probably the biggest factor though is heat haze and atmospheric disturbance.
If it has been a warm day and there are surrounding buildings which are warm probably best to not even try using stills. The "expert" astro guys use video instead and process the individual frames is whats called lucky imaging. They take thousands of frames then use software (like PIPP) to measure the image quality of every single frame and then only stack say the best 1% or 2%.

The moon is such a popular target but it certainly is not easy to get everything just right for the "perfect image".

Lots more info/tips here:

https://photographylife.com/landscap...hotograph-moon
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Re: The Moon - 300mmF4 + MC-20

Thats a great link thanks Dave.
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