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    Default Lunar shots - 10/14 - Houston, TX



    I'm getting better. Still a long ways to go. Some shots are just straight up pics with my Kodak Z740 and 4 are frame captures from video I shot with the same camera. Enhanced and sharpened plus changed to greyscale using Paint Shop Pro.
    Any idea how to get rid of the 'halo'? Maybe a Lunar filter would fix this?
    Also, please note these shots were taken from my house which is in the Medical Center area of Houston. Major light pollution.
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    You are getting lots of detail but you probably want to fidget with your exposure settings a bit. The main thing I notice is movement while shooting...that's likely what is causing your blurring. I'd suggest checking out something like this: SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount | Orion Telescopes, it will keep your hands off the camera and help make a secure camera-to-scope connection simple and cheap. Also, pick up an inexpensive electronic or manual cable release...they can be had for around $20...well worth the price. Keep banging away and, please, keep posting and sharing. Good luck!

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    Thanks BKBrown

    I actually have a mount (Celestron). I'm using the manual controls on my camera (PASM) but still playing with the settings.
    Strange that when I shot the pics in the camera LCD they looked perfectly focused so it must be slight movement (maybe exposure time a bit too long).
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    Do you have a 10 sec. buton that allows people time to get in front of the camera? Try setting the picture so you predict where the moon will be in 10 seconds and use that button. 10 sec. is enough time to get let the vibration settle before the picture is snapped.
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    I use my delay timer so the whole rig has a chance to stop wobbling.
    2 Seconds seems enough. Though I guess ten seconds would be fine.
    I used my optical zoom to open up the lens and stop the vignetting (dark areas round the lens).
    I've got a nice little webcam I'm going to have a go with next time I get a chance - the weather is so awful, I think I might hedge my bets and buy a boat
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    Sorry, I guess I should have put all the details in my original post.

    Yes, I have both a 2 second and 10 second timer. Tried with both of them.
    I also used full 10x optical zoom.
    I'm not at all familiar with F stop settings, etc. So I'm guessing at them. Trying different ones.
    I tried focusing using Landscape (infinity), Macro and normal focus modes.
    I think a little of the movement is coming up the tripod. I'm set up on a concrete sidewalk and there is a major highway approx. 50 yards from me so I'm getting some ground vibration. Rubber pads under the tripod feet will take care of that.
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