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  1. #1
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    Luna eclipse 2-20

    I am going to try to take some pictures of the lunar eclipse tomorrow night. What settings should I try? I hope we get a clear night. I will post my pictures right after. Anybody else that gets any pictures please post here.
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    As I recall, the eclipse will seriously change the amount of light available to the sensor. I caught one back in September of 2006. Standing out in the parking lot of Randhurst SHopping Center ... I realized what was happening and just happened to have my EOS 20D, 200-500mm f/5-6.3 and tripod in the truck.

    The moon moves fast, so long exposures are really rough. You really need to calculate your exposure ... and I didn't, because I was rushed due to the low apex of the event. In other words ... the moon was sinking fast.

    My personal partial lunar eclipse shots start were these settings:

    500mm
    f/16
    1/4 sec.
    ISO-100

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    It's not sharp.

    After rethinking this shot ... I should have gone to

    500mm
    f/8
    1/60 sec or 1/30 sec
    ISO-400


    It would have been a lot sharper, due to reduced motion-blur.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-20-2008 at 07:26 AM.
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    Thanks Don
    I am going to try to take alot of images from when it starts till it is over. Should I shoot in RAW?
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    If You Are Using A A100 It May Lock Up If You Go To Fast...mine Always Did

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    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    Thanks Don
    I am going to try to take alot of images from when it starts till it is over. Should I shoot in RAW?
    RAW can slow you down. You know the light temperature is 5600K (sunlight), so just set the camera's WB to 5600K. Then, shoot JPEG ... without worrying about color cast.

    In the menu:
    Image Size: L:10M
    Quality: FINE
    Noise Reduction: On

    I have to ask ... are you thinking the moon is going to change that much during this event? Just concentrate on getting clear shots. Take it easy ... make sure your focus is tight, by checking it every few shots (use those magnification buttons)

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    and the focus is in MF ... so it doesn't try to refocus with each shot. You know the moon is at "infinity" focus ( )... so leave the lens there ... just make sure the lens does not "creep" on you as you shoot.

    Again ... you may want to check your focus if you try to use a 1.4X or 2x T/C during this.

    α100 sporting a 2x T/C + 70~300 f/4-5.6 making it effectively 140~600mm f/8-f11
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    If the moon looks "fuzzy" at infinity focus, forget it ... because the T/C is interfering with your infinity focus. With a shot like this ... that is not a good thing to have happen. Infinity focus is critical for a sharp image.

    But, if you are going to sacrifice it all to the photographic gods ... why not the ultimate photographic sacrilege?

    I give you the 1.4x T/C + 2x T/C + 70~300mm f/4-5.6 combo ... effectively 196~840mm f/11-f/16

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    This is an attempt at sadness you have never known. LOL Not only is your image quality (if you could even call it that) comparible to a 500mm f/8 reflex lens ... it is extremely hard to use the manual focus (autofocus isn't even possible ... the aperture starts at f/11!). It tends to bind on you. But, everybody has to try it. It defines the old saw ... "Going from BAD to WORSE."
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-20-2008 at 07:28 AM.
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    Thanks Don
    I meant I wanted to take the different stages of the eclipse. I was going to try to make a panogramic in PS. It is not looking good for the weather tonight. they are calling for snow. I will have to wait and see.
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    Moon Shot ...

    Well, I finally realized why I have my setting was so slow ... and it was because the eclipse has two different aspects to it:

    1) the actual light from the sun
    2) the shadow of the Earth.

    Obviously, we all know what the moon looks like with the sun baking it ... it's what's in the shadow that is of real interest. So ... you need to leave the shutter open longer to get it. Screw the sunny-side, so to speak.

    Anyway ... here's tonight's offering, before I got so cold I wondered what I was up to. Brrrr ... a nippy 9 degrees out there, for an hour. Enough is enough. 2 hours? Not this guy.

    LUNAR ECLIPSE 2-20-2008 - 9:17PM (CST)
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    EXIF: 500mm - f/6.9 - 0.7 sec - ISO=800 - Manual - Natural illumination
    Last edited by DonSchap; 02-20-2008 at 08:13 PM.
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    Here is my attempt.
    f/9 3.2s iso 400


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    Tamron 2x Converter
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    Wow, great shot, Sparkie.
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    Thumbs up Yes sir!

    Good show! You got a nice clip!

    I'm using a very old lens for this ... 1984 TAMRON 200-500mm f/6.9! I just cannot get the sharpness I want with it ... at infinity. I tweaked and tweaked ... no go ... I need a little more past the stops ... and cannot get there. It just may need alignment and I'm debating a better one ... but, I really want to use the 1900mm telescope. It's a $1000 investment, but it is times like this ... you realize it would have been very cool.

    Good job, Sparkie. LOL
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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