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Old Feb 13, 2006, 10:54 AM   #11
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I wish I could take a shot like that one with my FZ5 + TCON-17. My shots all seem to have either motion blur or focus blur. I'll keep trying.

I'd recommend even more NR applied to your sky. You could create a separate layer that is heavily smoothed, then create a mask for the layer. Using a large, soft brush, you could then "paint in" the smooth effect to your sky without endangering any moon detail.

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 3:12 PM   #12
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Pretty good! Here's my attempt. No added lens, just some digital zoom, then reduced and neat imaged...


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Old Feb 13, 2006, 3:12 PM   #13
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...and the night shot...
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Old Feb 13, 2006, 3:22 PM   #14
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Yes, as mentioned it's much easier to see craters and mountains when the moon is not full. This is a crop shotinJanuary. A remote is a great help! I used the 2 seconds timer before but it was not enough on my shaky tripod...
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Maybe that's partly why my moons lack detail. Here's a 100% crop taken with an FZ5 at 12x zoom with a TCON-17. I used spot focus, manual exposure settings of 7.1 and 1/250 (or thereabouts). I haven't done anything to the image with Photoshop.

This shot pales in comparison to what else I've seen here. Either my FZ5 is an inferior camera or I need to buy a better tripod. I'm not getting the crater detail.


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Ken, it's probably your tripod. My settings are similar to what you used and I have sharp details in the craters... well the night shot at least. Anyway, here's a full moon shot from last night. I was waiting for one of these for a while hehe.


1/500 sec at f/5
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ISO 80
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I'm guessing either I was shooting through a thin cirrus overcast, or my camera has some focus issues. My tripod is brand new, and this moon was shot through an open window (no glass in the way). I doubt there was any camera movement during the 1/250 exposure. I even turn off the shutter sound for fear that thegenerated sound maycreate camera vibration.

How can I know for sure that my camera is focusing correctly? Focus Magic suggests only a 1-pixel blur, and the output results are identical anyway.

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Ken, are you using locked focus andthe self-timer?
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Ken, you're using spot metering/focusing right?
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Yes, I'm using the 10-second timer and spot metering & focusing. As for the "locked focus" suggestion, what I do is half-squeeze the trigger until the moon is in focus, then a full-squeeze and wait for the timer to do it's thing.

Any other recommendations? Could this be a hardware/firmware issue with the camera? Most likely a Ken-ware issue :-).

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