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Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by roundball, Apr 21, 2015.
Just a little sliver illuminated tonight...Canon FDn 400/4.5 on NEX-7
04/22/15 - appears larger tonight at 19% illumination
Well, I picked up a Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 300mm f/5.6 from KEH a few weeks back. It was decently priced so it didn't break my crippled bank too much. And when I saw tonight's moon while looking for the ISS as it went over I knew I had to give it a try before the moon receded into the trees. Here's one of my attempts, not up to "Roundball" levels... but better than I expected from the admittedly somewhat soft and chromatically challenged MD 300.
Moon 4-22-15 MD 300 1X by SRHawk64, on Flickr
I think this one was at f/8 where the lens is a little sharper. 1/250, ISO 200.
I massaged it a little in iPhoto (while I still prep for transition to a more robust editor), and cropped just a little bit. It's a start.
And then I slapped on the Vivitar 2X Macro Focusing Teleconverter to the MD Tele Rokkor 300/5.6 @ 5.6 for a 600/11 equivalent... or a 900mm full-frame equivalent field of view...
Waxing Crescent 4-22-15 MD 300 2X by SRHawk64, on Flickr
Again, massaged a little in iPhoto and cropped some ( the same as the other I think).
Hmmm, if it stays clear one of these next few nights, maybe I'll have to drag out the Celestron instead.
Good stuff...and you mentioned it being a start...I think that's great.
To me that's really a huge part of any hobby...starting down a tangent, (shooting the moon), exploring, learning about the subject, figuring out / learning the stuff required to climb the learning curve in that tangent, etc.
Thanks! I love shooting the moon (and stars). Need more practice... always more practice. I finally got the hang of the Celestron late last year, and now I want to "pull back" a little with long telephoto lenses.. Hopefully we'll have more clear nights... especially as the moon heads to half full.
And next I need to set up our bird feeder in a good spot to shoot for the birds!
I'm no longer going to watch these posts since I can't support the GAS attacks I get.
Tonight's moon has now "waxed" to 28% of it's surface being illuminated...a good solid "Quarter Moon" plus a little.
Canon FDn 400/4.5 on NEX-7
Tonight's moon has now grown to a 38% illuminated crescent.
( Heavy rain / cloudy WX front moving in here Saturday & Sunday so once again I'll probably miss a monthly 50% half moon )
Fantastic resolution from the Canon.
Love the crater detail. Great job.
I just never cease to be amazed that we can get this kind of photographic detail of the moon...almost a quarter million miles away, traveling at about 2300 miles per hours...by just using over the counter camera equipment
Near-Half Moon, today, 4/26/15 at 8:18pm EDT, before sunset...
Near Half Moon 4/26/14 (cropped) by SRHawk64, on Flickr
Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 300mm f/5.6 @ f/11, ISO 400, 1/200. SOOC JPEG, cropped to 1536x1024 for a 100% view.
I notice some CA, which is to be expected with this lens. And it may be a bit soft or otherwise not quite truly focused to infinity... and it was focused all the way to the infinity stop.
But, overall, I'm pleased with this one.
Good one !!
04/26/15 PM - Late last night between clouds / overcast in the western sky. 57% 'waxing' Half Moon - Canon FDn 400/4.5 on NEX-7
Its been a long learning curve for me and it's not over...especially when the weather keeps getting in the way so often...the good news about the moon is that it keeps coming back !!
What I really want to learn how to do this year is shoot some decent "moonscapes" up at the lake...
04/27/15 PM - was getting ready to hit the sack...glanced out and saw the 66% moon in a fresh crystal clear sky...I had to shoot it.
( there must be a 12-step program for this somewhere )
Canon FDn 400/4.5 on NEX-7