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Doug Ouren

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Just wondering if you all might have any suggestions on tips for shooting the full moon. Thanks much
 

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I am planning to do the same tonight for the “once in a century” super blood moon we will get in Australia tonight (super moon + eclipse). I don’t know if you will be able to see the eclipse, but the super moon is visible everywhere.

The two tips I have been given are to:
  1. shoot the super moon as it rises because the horizon gives it context (It looks bigger rising over things)
  2. hope that the weather is kind (few clouds) because the eclipse will only last about 15 minutes 😁
 
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Doug Ouren

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I am planning to do the same tonight for the “once in a century” super blood moon we will get in Australia tonight (super moon + eclipse). I don’t know if you will be able to see the eclipse, but the super moon is visible everywhere.

The two tips I have been given are to:
  1. shoot the super moon as it rises because the horizon gives it context (It looks bigger rising over things)
  2. hope that the weather is kind (few clouds) because the eclipse will only last about 15 minutes 😁
Thanks much for the response....and good luck tonight
 

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Watch your exposure, it's surprisingly bright so try different compensation levels as you can easily lose detail. Keep your F Stop at f8 or greater too. I'm not a fan of tripods, but if you're not a steady eddy I'd use one. One I prepared earlier
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  • ILCE-7RM4
  • FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
  • 600.0 mm
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  • 1/800 sec
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Looking for information, not criticising: why f/8 or more? Given the moon is a long way away, won't all of it be in the depth of field no matter what aperture you choose? I used wide open (f/6.3) to get as much light as possible.

My shots of the eclipse were dreadful, but I got some decent ones of the super moon, albeit hand-held.

I want to try again tonight, to try to get a "moon rise over landscape" shot, and I'll take a tripod this time.
 
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I did a quick try, but I really need a bigger lens for this sort of thing.
I wasn't even gonna bother, but that red/orange color had me staring at the moon long enough for me to go find my tripod.
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Looking for information, not criticising: why f/8 or more? Given the moon is a long way away, won't all of it be in the depth of field no matter what aperture you choose? I used wide open (f/6.3) to get as much light as possible.

My shots of the eclipse were dreadful, but I got some decent ones of the super moon, albeit hand-held.

I want to try again tonight, to try to get a "moon rise over landscape" shot, and I'll take a tripod this time.
I guess it depends on lens, but it does still affect things. I've shot at 6.3 and you tend to lose sharpness at the outer edges of the moon where it's not quite in the focus plane. If you think you are aiming at the centre of a globe, there is curvature going away from you all around.
 

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I guess it depends on lens, but it does still affect things. I've shot at 6.3 and you tend to lose sharpness at the outer edges of the moon where it's not quite in the focus plane. If you think you are aiming at the centre of a globe, there is curvature going away from you all around.
My thinking was “I am at infinity anyway, and it’s hundreds of thousands of km away, but you are right, the edges were a bit ragged.

I think I will need to check my depth of field at 300Mm (that’s mega metres, not millimetres!) 🤓
 
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Well, I checked, and apparently my depth of field for f/6.3 / 600mm at 300Mm runs from 2km to infinity...
 

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There's no depth of field when shooting the Moon or other astronomical objects - everything is at infinity. What you WILL see are any lens aberrations. Shooting wide open really tests the lens and shouldn't be needed when shooting the Moon. Even doing star fields can benefit from shooting with your lens stopped down a little. Yes, you loose some speed and a few stars, but stars will be sharper across the field.
 
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