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Super moon photography tonight


If you missed it last year, the super perigee moon is back for an encore performance.
On Saturday, the moon will be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the other full moons of 2012, according to NASA.
That's because it will reach perigee, its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at 11:34 p.m. ET and become full just a minute later.
Super perigee moons happen about once a year on average, but the moon of March 19, 2011, was nearly 250 miles closer than this week's moon, prompting wild calamitous speculations.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/1970/01/01/_n_1473687.html

Anyone looking to take some great shots of the moon? Do you have any tips for others that may be interested?

If so please share your knowledge here Smile

I personally am looking forward to having an attempt

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robthecamman 3 1.4k United Kingdom
5 May 2012 5:05PM
will we be able to see it though
It's meant to be a clear night, apart from the south east apparently
MrGoatsmilk 6 1.5k England
5 May 2012 7:00PM
I doubt I will see it I've already started on the homebrew Grin
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
5 May 2012 7:14PM
Certainly won't be seeing any type of moon in the SE, methinks.
This may help someone


http://www.flickr.com/groups/shootingtolearn/discuss/72157606226172446/
5 May 2012 8:06PM
Hmm, never tried a serious attempt at photographing the moon before, think I will have a go providing the sky is clear.
Thanks for the reminder RWPhotoGraphix
Your welcome, Hope u have fun Smile
AlexandraSD 3 435 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 8:50PM
Only has one moon tip;

Apparently it moves at a rate of 0.25 mpm (moons per minute), so every 4 minutes the moon is in a totally different place as it was four minutes previous. I doubt the closer distance tonight would dramatically effect this calculation, but as it is closer it will move a bit faster. With this in mind, long exposures are pointless, id go for a high iso and fast shutter speed to eliminate any moon movements.

Shame its cloudy here in the fens because im quite partial to a bit of star and moon gazing. Lets hope some images are posted here Smile
Asrailia Junior Member 2 1 United States
5 May 2012 9:02PM
Hope I can stay up for it Smile
Hoping these clouds bugger off or my plan is ruined Sad
chris.maddock 13 3.4k United Kingdom
5 May 2012 9:55PM

Quote:Apparently it moves at a rate of 0.25 mpm (moons per minute), so every 4 minutes the moon is in a totally different place as it was four minutes previous.


It sure does motor along - with a 400mm lens you can easily see the darned thing moving across the viewfinder.


Quote: With this in mind, long exposures are pointless, id go for a high iso and fast shutter speed to eliminate any moon movements.



Don't need a long exposure for the moon anyway - it's a fully illuminated medium-grey lump of rock Wink

I usually find manual exposure using Sunny f16 opening up one stop to f11 (sometimes referred to as Luny f11, LOL) is a good starting point for exposure, eg ISO 100 1/100 sec @ f11.
Unless you can fill the frame with the moon, auto-exposure without a lot of exposure compensation will grossly overexpose it because of all the dark area around it.
5 May 2012 10:01PM
Supermoon To Appear On 6 May In Europe And The UK and 5th May in US !! LINK

So do we wait til the wee sma oors of the morning or wait until tomorrow night or both Grin
5 May 2012 10:04PM
I'm venturing out early hours Tongue already looks pretty cool but clouds still present Sad
AlexandraSD 3 435 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 10:21PM

Quote:Don't need a long exposure for the moon anyway - it's a fully illuminated medium-grey lump of rock


Aha, thanks for the correction, of course, the last time i captured the moon was during an eclipse in 2005/2006, which made the moon very dark, had no option other than use longer exposures than i would have liked, i got a few sharp images when it was at its darkest, all trial and error. Got images of the moon looking blood red somewhere, if i find them ill post one here. Im not sure i have captured the moon since. It didnt help that i had my 300mm attached to a jesspos teleconverter, probably better to use just a good lens and some cropping later. Teleconverter long since binned Grin

Quite gutted, even though its cloudy here in the costa del fen, the sky is not dark, its obvious the moons bright up there somewhere. I guess the best time now for the moon images tonight is when its close to setting, the earths atmosphere will magnify the moon quite a bit.

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