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Old Jan 18, 2011, 5:48 PM   #1
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Default FZ38 - Moon (Heavy Processing)

I've been trying to get a decent moon shot for ages so tonight I decided to put everything into it. The workflow first:

1/ Panasonic FZ38+DMW-LT55 telephoto conversion lens
2/ Full zoom, EZ-Zoom 5MP
3/ Manual mode, manual focus, spot metering, ISO-80, 1/400s
4/ 25 shots (arbitrary number really)
5/ Clipped to position the moon relatively consistently in each frame
6/ Aligned in RegiStax (freeware for stacking astronomy images) - this creates a single 16-bit tiff with very low noise and good sharp resolution. It's not easy to use the first time but it did a good job. I didn't appreciate how much atmospheric distortion there is.
7/ Topaz Denoise to remove some CA.
8/ AutoHDR on 'Sharp' Preset to squeeze out the detail
9/ Unsharp mask (rad 50, strength 10, no clip) to add a bit more contrast
10/ unsharp mask(rad 0.5, strength 100, no clip) for even more sharpness
11/ resize to 50% for web and a final unsharp mask (0.5,50,0)

Was a massive effort but I've finally got a moon shot I'm pleased with

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Old Jan 18, 2011, 7:09 PM   #2
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Martin, that's a great result! Thanks for outlining the workflow with such detail - RegiStax sounds worth a look.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 7:16 PM   #3
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Martin; that's exceptional! I've just started using your AutoHDR; and absolutely love the simplicity of it; not to mention the great results!
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All I can say is OMG! I would be so happy with that. You have done great. It's hazy cloudy night here....Darn!
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Martin; that's exceptional! I've just started using your AutoHDR; and absolutely love the simplicity of it; not to mention the great results!
i have been and i love i also
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Great moon shot, the detail is superb..
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 9:36 PM   #7
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Default It cleared up tonight

This is my first attempt tonight and had to add shadow quite a bit. It was still hazy.

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Old Jan 18, 2011, 11:58 PM   #8
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Wow, very nice also Zos!

What camera, settings did you use for this shot?
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Wow :-O

Thanks for posting your method.

A moon shot is now on my list of things to do (attempt anyway) ;-)
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Thanks all

I'm going to have another go with RegiStax later to see if I can figure out the manual alignment method and get an even better result.
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