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Aquarius89
12-27-2006, 11:47 PM
Can anyone give me any tips for moon pix? I have a Kodak Z612 and this is the best I can get at 12x optical zoom:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e99/Aquarius89/100_0138-1.jpg

CMYanko
12-28-2006, 06:18 AM
Try stopping down the aperature all the way or use landscape mode (that may help it focus out to infinity as I think focusing is at least part of your issue here).. Use spot metering and meter directly on the moon, even then use bracketing if you have it at about +/- 2/3 or even 1 whole stop. I assume you're using a tripod.

If it is clear out tonight I'll try my own as I've been meaning to get some moon shots just for fun with my new Fuji.

Shosta
12-28-2006, 07:41 AM
It's like shooting in daylight. Try manual exposure: 1/125, f5, ISO100

kgosden
12-28-2006, 08:31 AM
It appears that you had a bit of light haze as possible exposure issues. Also, you will really need a tripod. Not because of the shutter speed, but due to the distance. Don't forget that the moon is ~240,000 miles away so when you camera giggles even a tiny fraction of an inch it could make the moon move tremendous amounts in your image.

CMYanko
12-28-2006, 11:45 AM
Is that a haze? I was thinking pixel blooming, condensation or focus error.

Also, look here

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26557

didn't see any EXIF data though.

Honest Gaza
12-28-2006, 05:27 PM
From memory, similar threads pointed out you need a relatively fast shutter speed becuase of the brightness of the moon. Don't assume that because it is at night you need a slow shutter speed.

Not being familiar with your camera, I'm not sure what control you have over shutter speeds.

kgosden
12-28-2006, 10:14 PM
It looks like haze to my eye as I can faintly see the moon in the center about 1/2 full. The streaks and gaps in the white make me think of hazy shots I have taken.

Rontech1
12-29-2006, 05:56 PM
Can anyone give me any tips for moon pix? I have a Kodak Z612 and this is the best I can get at 12x optical zoom:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e99/Aquarius89/100_0138-1.jpg

Get out of optical zoom and set the camera to f6-f11 60-125 shutter speed. Use a tripod!!!!. Use timer mode to keep the camera from shaking.
Best of luck. Some of my coolest pics are of the moon.18613
This was taken with a Canon S3IS. Stil working on some better ones with my new camera.
EXIF
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Image Date: 2006:08:08 23:12:59
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 72.0mm
CCD Width: 1.61mm
Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60)
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure Bias: -2.00
White Balance: Auto
Exposure Mode: Manual

Ron

zmikers
12-29-2006, 06:15 PM
Get out of optical zoom and set the camera to f6-f11 60-125 shutter speed. Use a tripod!!!!. Use timer mode to keep the camera from shaking.
Best of luck. Some of my coolest pics are of the moon.18613
This was taken with a Canon S3IS. Stil working on some better ones with my new camera.
EXIF
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Image Date: 2006:08:08 23:12:59
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 72.0mm
CCD Width: 1.61mm
Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60)
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure Bias: -2.00
White Balance: Auto
Exposure Mode: Manual

Ron

Rontech1 great shot of the moon. Very sharp. I like it a lot.

Aquarius89
12-30-2006, 12:02 AM
You're all wonderful - thank you for the tips!

I got this shot tonight :)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e99/Aquarius89/100_0246.jpg

My tripod was stolen, so I suppose if I had it the moon would be sharper.

jorod74
12-31-2006, 01:37 AM
Was researching the Canon A540 (really liking what i see in it) and saw this thread.
for years i have wanted to shoot the moon- especially moon-sets early in the morning hours, or Hunter Moons; (when i get versed, i hope to shoot each phase over a 6 month period just to show the character it has) but every article i read required NASA calculations, a moving tripod, or alchemy.
this is the first time i have heard someone say anybody can do a decent job of it.
thanks for the information here.

jorod74
01-02-2007, 03:09 AM
Ran across this and i am keeping this handy throughout the year.
it is a list of dates and times for the 07 full moons.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20061229/sc_space/fullmoonnamesfor2007

drama
01-02-2007, 04:05 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/109/310955006_55f18ce5e8_o.jpg

You can get the best shots on half & lesser moon days
The full moon tends not to give as many details

Spot metering & a custom white balance are also useful
Slightly underexposing is a good idea to preserve details

Taken with a stock S3is, incidentally also my first moon try

twitt
01-03-2007, 03:40 AM
You definatly need a tripod to shoot the moon to get a nice sharp image, especially with anything over 420mm

Took this one at around 920mm
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b91/twittx/photos%20new/moon_3.jpg

Panasonic FZ20
full zoom with raynox 2.2x zoom lens
iso80
f/8
tripod