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Old Apr 24, 2005, 2:06 AM   #11
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i'd go for full. sometimes, though, the weather is the deciding factor. especially up here in the PacificNW! :roll:
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 2:22 AM   #12
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still messing up.looks like i aint focused or something


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Old Apr 24, 2005, 2:33 AM   #13
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are you using manual or auto focus? sometimes the auto focus won't work well in the dark. are you using a tripod? that makes quite a difference, too... i see you shot that one at 1/400... came out pretty good for exposure! now if you can get it just a skosh clearer, you're home free! you didn't say where you are, but atmosperic conditions can also make moon shots seem fuzzy and indistinct, so don't assume it's something you're doing wrong... if it's not a crystal-clear night, there's a chance stuff in the air will make your image look a little "soft"...
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 2:39 AM   #14
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im in southern ga usa.yep used tripod and auto focus cause some reason i cant see moon well on manual maybe i need new glasses .
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 7:10 AM   #15
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I thought I'd give it a quick go as I was reading this topic and I thought the moon would look a lot different from South Australia.

I'm only a novice and only got of 5 or 6 shots but here goes:




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Old Apr 24, 2005, 7:53 AM   #16
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For a full moon and full darkness(no clouds) get f4.5 and 1/400s in spot mode.
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There were heaps of clouds out tonight, I quickly grabbed that one in a break of clouds. Thanks for the advice though, learning heaps every day!
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 4:19 PM   #18
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Hope you don't mind a little input from a HP user!!

I'm not sure if you guys can alter sharpness and such like but this is what I have recommended in the past to folks trying to capture the moon:

1. Set ISO atits lowest setting (80?)
2. Contrast set HARD
3. Sharpness set HARD
4. Set Exposure compensation to anything less than -1.0(experiment a bit)
5. Set focus to INFINITY
6. Most importantly make sure you set metering mode to SPOT metering and then aim directly at the
moon (i.e right in the centre)

Using the exposure compensation causes a more negative image making the black look more 'black'. Hope that may help some people.

Sorry to intrude on the Panasonic forum but I'm currently looking into the purchase of FZ20 or FZ5 to replace my 5mp 8x optical Hewlett Packard. Heres an example from my camera:


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