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Old Sep 1, 2020, 9:21 AM   #1
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Default Best settings for Moonrise tonight over Mt Rainier

Tonight the Full moon rises directly over Mt Rainier and I can see it partially from my backyard, one block away the whole thing.

I'm pretty new to shooting night shots, especially the moon. So what lenses and settings do you recommend for doing this.

Here are a couple charts on this moonrise from my house. Red circle is my house and orange line goes from my house to Mt Rainier

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I'd use spot metering and put the spot on the Moon. If you do anything else, the Moon will be overexposed and the details will be washed out.

I'd use a mid-range f-number to get the sharpest image possible. (If you already know the largest aperture at which your lens is suitably sharp, go with that.)

Keep the ISO low so you don't get a lot of noise in the black sky.

Keep the shutter speed short (unless you've got a motorized equatorial mount), or you'll get motion blur due to camera movement. (You're on the Earth, which is rotating.)

I got this one with a D7500 (APS-C) and a focal length of 300mm:



I got this one with a Sony A77 II (APS-C) and a focal length of 700mm (500mm + 1.4X TC):



Pick your focal length appropriately.
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I'd use spot metering and put the spot on the Moon. If you do anything else, the Moon will be overexposed and the details will be washed out.

I'd use a mid-range f-number to get the sharpest image possible. (If you already know the largest aperture at which your lens is suitably sharp, go with that.)

Keep the ISO low so you don't get a lot of noise in the black sky.

Keep the shutter speed short (unless you've got a motorized equatorial mount), or you'll get motion blur due to camera movement. (You're on the Earth, which is rotating.)

I got this one with a D7500 (APS-C) and a focal length of 300mm:



I got this one with a Sony A77 II (APS-C) and a focal length of 700mm (500mm + 1.4X TC):



Pick your focal length appropriately.
Thanks for the tips TCav

I'm going to use my D800e with the 200-500mm and the D7500 with the 18-270mm, or should it be in reverse?
My main goal is to get Mt Rainier in this shot with the moon. I know the D7500 will give me a long reach with the 200-500mm if I want just the moon.
The D800e will have the better low light, so that will be the primary camera.
I'll have my Bogen Tripod for the camera's
spot metering
Manual focus set to infinity
Manual mode
f/8 - f/11 - f/2.8 metering
ISO 100/200
Short shutter speed 1/60th 1/250 to minimize movement of moon.
Shoot in RAW
Mirror lockup
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The D800E has about a stop less image noise than the D7500, so yeah.

The Tamron 18-270 has a lot of CA at the long end, so you may have some work to do in post.

Given the crop factor, you may end up with similar compositions from both systems.
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The D800E has about a stop less image noise than the D7500, so yeah.

The Tamron 18-270 has a lot of CA at the long end, so you may have some work to do in post.

Given the crop factor, you may end up with similar compositions from both systems.
I might try the 17-50mm f/2.8 with the D7500 but that may be too wide...
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CA is least with the 18-270 between 50 and 100mm, where it's sharpest at f/8-f/11. That would be a good place to use it, but that may require a tripod when shooting at night.
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Looking forward to seeing your results.
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How did it go?
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