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    Perigee

    Okay.. if you have it, post it! Cinco de Mayo Moon @ perigee

    The Moon is "smokin' bright!"

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    EXIF stuff: AstroVision using the SONY a850 w/ 2032mm f/10 NEXSTAR 8 lens @ ISO-800 and using some Adobe PS enhancement for contrast improvement. "Yes. Virginia, there is a... Moon."



    Minimum focus distance is 29-ft, but with the moon at about 1/4-million miles away, I'm feeling pretty safe. This rig is about 25 lbs of fun, let me tell ya.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-06-2012 at 04:55 PM.
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    Nice moon shot Don. How do you like the Calumet gimbal?

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    The Calumet gimbal definitely does the "heavy" lifting among my tripods. It locks tightly and swings freely through all the axis rotations, keeping the weight nicely centered as it moves.
    I have it on my heaviest aluminum base legs, alleviating most tipping issues, still tethering the tripod to a stake, is probably the best idea for safe usage.

    Hope that helps.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    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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    Thanks Don. As I have recently been adding some big telephoto lenses I have started to feel the need to buy a gimbal head. Not sure if my current tripod is quite heavy duty enough, but I can change that if needed.

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    Whatever you do, never assume the tripod can handle the heavier weight, until you are absolutely sure it is rated... and not close to the max, either.
    No "I-was-just-testing-it" excuses, ether. If just one leg goes... the whole shooting match is earthward-bound... "T-I-M-B-E-R!" It is not a pretty picture.
    Also, it is far more rare to have an instantaneous collapse when you mount the camera and lens. It usually is a progressive failure and you stand there,
    fifteen-feet away, helpless, as you watch your $$$ and equipment reduced to scrap, as the rig goes over and you are left holding the release.

    The cost of a tripod failure with a large lens is... well... costly! Your gear requires more respect, otherwise... dig deep, again. Muahahahahahaha
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-07-2012 at 06:28 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    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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    Weight capacity is not a huge problem with my current gear. Including a 2-3 lb gimbal head I would only be mounting about 10 lbs on the legs. My current Manfrotto is right at the border for that setup. But I bought that for travel when I generally use wide angle lenses. If I go for a real wildlife rig I will have to buck up and haul a heftier tripod around.

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