Moon & Mars

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Last night we went out and looked at the moon. Just past full, with Mars at 11:00. Josh had tried to take pictures of it with his phone, but to no avail. This was the perfect opportunity to check out the gear head!

The Nikon Df and Nikon 24-120mm f/4 lens were mounted, in both landscape and portrait mode. The tripod and camera were rock solid and the gear head did a fine job. We had to dig out a flashlight to see the camera settings and goof around a lot. It would have been nice to have a more clear image with details of the seas of the moon, but that didn’t happen.

Exposure was a bit of a trick – how long? Initially the camera was on aperture priority, but that wouldn’t have been for the best. Autofocus was really confused, too. In the end, all was set to manual, and exposures were done at 6, 8, and 10 seconds were attempted using the B mode, counting off. The exposure for this image was 6.9 sec per the EXIF data.

I think I need to do a bit of reading about shooting the moon, and try again tonight!

2 comments on “Moon & Mars”

  1. Not bad for a first attempt. Astrophotography is a whole new challenge, autofocus cannot work so you do need to know where infinity actually is on the lens you are using, and be able to set it by touch. Aperture should of course be wide open, and you did the right thing by bracketing your exposures!!!

    1. Thanks, Steve. I have actually done a little night photography, and had forgotten about the aperture being as wide open as possible. I did just the opposite! Getting it all set up really is best done beforehand as much as possible. Thank goodness for a flashlight.

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