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godfather Jan 3, 2006 8:06 AM

can anyone help, i have a pentax optio s5i digi camera and i want to take pics of the moon but when i have done this all i get is a big ball of white light with no detail i have tried allsorts of modes including the night mode but to no avail i dont think you can alter the shutter speed on this camera, dont i have the right equpment? or have i not got it on the correct settings your suggestions will be most appreciated cheers

tclune Jan 3, 2006 8:49 AM

I'm not familiar with the particular camera, but a couple of basic points:

1. Use a tripod. If the camera isn't perfectly steady during the shot, the photo will lose detail because of motion blur. Also, if you can set the shutter to a timed release, you will eliminate the motion induced by manually clicking the shutter to take the picture (a problem even on a tripod).

2. Try spot metering. If the moon is a relatively small part of the whole field of view in the photo, you will need to make sure that you are not averaging in the black sky as part of the average exposure This would over-expose the moon and lead to washed out detail.

godfather Jan 3, 2006 9:19 AM

ill give it a go many thanks

bernabeu Jan 3, 2006 12:14 PM

moon shots MUST be made in full manual mode

manual focus (unless you have a VERY expensive tele lens)

1/iso at f11 for full moon in clear, cool weather

TRIPOD with cable/remote release (preferably with mirror lock-up)

1/400sec (iso 400) - f11 - tripod - 2 sec self timer (for MLU) - 500mm lens

godfather Jan 3, 2006 1:33 PM

WOW thats what id like to do but i dont think my camera has the functions that you describe its an optio s5i you look like you have moon shots down to a tee, ace pic:-)

Reanimator Jan 3, 2006 2:02 PM

dont think u can get add on lens for that camera i cant get nothing decent with my e-300 with the lens it came with .........will have to wait see if i can afford a bigger lens for it

u could try poping some binoculars infront of your camera, a mate at work says he gets quiet good shots that way buti never managed it, if it works a tripod and camera gaffa taped to binocs may work..........its worth a go

D Parker Jan 3, 2006 9:58 PM

Lovely photo.

Would you mind letting us know what type of camera you used?

If it's nothing too expensive/fancy, maybe it will give some of us, myself included, some hope <:

bernabeu Jan 4, 2006 1:14 PM

KM 7D w/ minolta reflex AF 500mm f8 (equiv 750mm) - manually focussed

Slik Able 300DX tripod w/ minimum leg extension

2 sec self timer (for MLU) w/ R-1000 remote cable

Shot in .MRW and converted/processed with PSE 3.0

final file = 3.1 meg JPEG printable 12x12" at 200 dpi

Les Swaby Jan 9, 2006 8:56 PM

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Hi Godfather,
The beauty about Digital Cameras is that you can screw up until you get it right and all you lost is a little time.
I have a Fuji S7000 and believe me it took a while until I got it right.Its hooked up to a 5 inch refractor telescope and even in auto focus or programme mode I was still able to get some nice shots.The only problem is I can never remember to make a note the darn settings.I just shoot away until I get a good shot.More often than not I experiment with the Manual setting and shout Yippee when I check the image on the computer and see one that just right.Then I use Photo Express to enhance a little to bring out the finer details.Just keep plugging away and learn from your errrors.

zygh Jan 23, 2006 8:20 AM

I tried shooting the moon but the truth is that without a tripod, it's kind of useless. And, being my first shots of it, I used F2.8-4 and I totally screwed it :roll:

The pictures posted look good.

However indulgent one is, you can't compare a KM 7D with a Pentax Optio S5i. So, don't get your hopes up, Godfather.

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