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September 27, 2015 Super blood moon.

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ztryfe, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Hi all?

    Do we have a thread for this already ?

    I took some pictures of the Lunar eclipse last night, moon-only shots with the SEL55210 and some "wider" shots with the Rokkor 58mm 1.4. I am happy with the results of the Rokkor, stopped down to f2.0, I get good results (too much haze when wide open), I'll definitively will be using this lens for capturing other sky objects.

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    Supermoon Eclipse 20150927
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    I still need to process most captures and cobble together the phases, I'll update here once done, please feel free to add your own captures of this unique event!
     
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

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    Good catch!

    We were shut out here by the effects of Tropical Storm Ericka, couldn't see a thing.
     
  3. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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  4. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    Ah, too bad! I actually missed the second part of it, I saw totality, and then that cloud on the wider pic, covered the rest of it.
     
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Dave
    Not bad folks. :) I was away from my camera, only a few cell phone shots.
     
  6. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
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    Good catch !!
     
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  7. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I got a couple, but am not impressed with my efforts. I was not using my Sony gear.

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  8. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    No sweat...at least you saw it, got a shot, and made a memory.
     
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  9. ggibson

    ggibson TalkEmount Regular

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    A couple of shots I took last night. First one is with the FE 55, second with the 24-240 at max zoom, cropped.

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  10. soeren

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    Mine came out unsharp.First try and  DSC03337.JPG
     
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  11. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I found it extremely difficult to focus on the dim moon. And had I not zoomed in on the adjacent stars to see that they were blurred, I would have thought them to be hot pixels! :) Working with 810mm and only a monopod is really difficult!
     
  12. Zanner

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    I had troubles too. I had the ISO way down to 8" (don't have any idea what that means) and it came out bright orange, but blurry. So I upped it and raised the ISO to like 3200 in order to get anything useable. Tough to do, but I have to say I had fun playing around with it.
     
  13. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    For the record, I used a small tripod, for the close ups f8, ISO800, 4 seconds exposure.... and a IR remote to trip the shutter, that really helped a lot.

    For the wider shots, F2, ISO800, 2 seconds exposure, and the remote, although maybe the countdown shutter could have done it.
     

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  14. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Ya think?
    Heck...its only about a quarter million miles away, traveling at 2300 mph.
    :)
     
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  15. dbmiller

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    8" Wasn't the ISO, it was the shutter speed. For shutter speeds without the ", the actual time is 1/x - so 8 is 1/8th of a second. For shutter speeds with the ", that is actual seconds, so 8" is an 8 second shutter speed.

    So if you moved the camera during the 8 seconds, or the moon moved (Which it does), you could end up with a blurry picture.
     
  16. AlwaysOnAuto

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    It was so low in the sky at our house that we couldn't see it for a while. Finally came up over the backyard fence, right next to the street light that is on the street just east of ours. By the time it got high enough to escape the street light glare, the clouds started to roll in. It was so dim I don't think I could have gotten an image.
     
  17. Bill

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    Photographers shooting the moon on Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane. (Sony 70-200mm)

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  18. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I love that one Bill! I've got something similar of a group photographing a balloon fest (I'll have to dig that out).
     
  19. ggibson

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    Focusing well can certainly be a challenge with any astrophotography subject. Like you mentioned, I find it much easier to manually focus on adjacent bright point lights like stars instead of the moon itself. My longest focal length of 240mm, using the 24-240mm, had to be shot at f6.3 which doesn't leave a lot of light in the scene. I was able to get the shot above using ISO 800, but it helped to start at ISO 6400 to frame and test exposure. Then, I slowly increased exposure time and decreased ISO until I reached the limit of the moon's movement for a sharp shot at 240mm. A 1 second exposure ended up giving me the best shot with very little blurring due to movement and retaining a good ISO.
     
  20. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Graham, I've been looking for a person to comment on the 24-240. I am attracted to it, but don't want to waste any more money on a mediocre lens. Can you comment on your opinion of its IQ? It looks significantly smaller than the 70-200 and I think that's a positive.