View Full Version : attempted moon shots, suggestion for improvements?

12-14-2008, 05:36 PM
Here's a few moon shots I took a couple days ago with my SX10 IS...

Full Optical Zoom (uncropped):
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_1zM-vTbAb1c/SUJe1tV_2TI/AAAAAAAAA5w/241u3MgvCRs/s800/IMG_1032%20-%20moon%20-%20full%20optical%20zoom.JPG (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Bw_iby8Oxko5-TIhELwMzw)

Optical zoom, cropped to 640x640:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1zM-vTbAb1c/SUJe2p4ZHQI/AAAAAAAAA54/bDQcrfi09FE/s800/IMG_1032%20-%20moon%20-%20full%20optical%20zoom%20%28crop%20640x640%29.JP G (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/T8rYONcRjJG7DvVmcosEhA)

Full Digital Zoom:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1zM-vTbAb1c/SUJe0q1xGYI/AAAAAAAAA5Y/bOqKaKUEBFU/s800/IMG_1030%20-%20moon%20-%20digital%20zoom.JPG (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/QJzl0eRexQik18uFXaTb2Q)

Full Optical Zoom through several-year-old (at least 10-15 I don't remember) 7x50 Sears binoculars (this pic is a bit darker than the others, besides having some vignetting :():
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1zM-vTbAb1c/SUVxlUEvoVI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/sfLsmzM5vIQ/s800/IMG_1073.JPG (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AE3LG4JUtnqm_vtPEdpk1g)

Attempt at full digital zoom w/binoculars (small thumnail on here because of extremely poor quality):
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1zM-vTbAb1c/SUJe1IL4DII/AAAAAAAAA5o/YhaSGPnnZeE/s144/IMG_1028%20-%20moon%20-%20digizoom%20w%20binocular%2C%20resized.JPG (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tk0cid08gLgVOHdgw5htLg)

Ok... now... any suggestions on how to get better detail in my shots (before PP), especially the ones through the binoculars? On all the pics, the camera was on a tripod. For the binocular pics the binoculars were handheld up to the camera lens, as they do not have a tripod mount.

How is it the rest of you guys are getting such good moon shots straight from your cameras, some with worse cameras than mine? (PP doesn't count here - I'm only interested in how to get good straight-from-the-camera moonshots.)

12-15-2008, 05:54 AM
I use spot metering and focus. When possible, I use a 2 second self timer setting.

12-15-2008, 10:23 AM
I spot metered so the exposure meter would be a little more accurate, however I actually did my shooting in manual mode. Also I used the self-timer, either the 10 second one or a custom one with a ~4-6 second timer and ~3-5 shots each time. Also I used autofocus, with fine tune by manual focus for most shots, except for the shot through the binoculars, for which I used manual focus.

12-15-2008, 04:59 PM
Try it again under a clear sky. Sometimes high altitude ice crystals or dust may affect the clarity. Full moon shooting is not recommended. I see better results when more shadow is present.

12-15-2008, 05:12 PM
I posted two pics of full moon in the Photo Gallery. That was my first attempt at it and I would share my experiences
1. Set the ISO to the max acceptable value. Now you have get the right combination of Aperture and Shutter speed. My ISO was set to Auto which was throwing off my calculations of Tv and Av.
2. Underexpose by a notch and preferably use exposure bracketing. I observed that even when the exposure bias was 0, the shot was a little over-exposed in certain spots. Plus its easier to PP underexposed shots.
3. Keep a small aperture (<=1/5.6).
4. Use center-weighted or spot metering.