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I have just been outside and taken this shot with my new Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG lens fitted to my Pentax *ist DL
ISO speed 400
Exposure Time 1/2000 sec
Focal Length 300.00mm
Nice picture, you've captured a lot of detail.
It might have a bit more impact if you brightened it slightly.
You could experiment with using a longer exposure and lower ISO (which should be less noisy) eg. ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/5.6, or maybe ISO 200, 1/500, f/8 which might be a little sharper.
You'll need to use a tripod if you want slower exposures, though longer exposures (I think around 0.5 sec or more) will be motion blurred by the moon's movement.
EDIT: Just looking at one of my moon photo's with the same lens I used f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200.
Pretty good first attempt! The exposure is spot-on. Since the image is a bit small, it's hard to comment on quality, but detail looks a little soft. 300mm is a bit short for the moon, even with my 500mm, the image is nowhere near filling the frame. Focussing is critical, I tend to use manual & take a number of shots, refocussing each time. I also use a tripod for all astro stuff, using the timer delay & delay following mirror up to allow vibrations to damp out.
You have a great piccie here-the guy above is talking rubbish.Its a good sign for a lunar image that u can see the SouthPole -Aitken Basin-the largest crater in the Solar System
I have contacted neil john privately for an elaboration of his view.
Agree with John on this its a very good first attempt have you sharpened it at all before upload that could make a slight difference on the image being a tad soft, some very nice detail from a 300 I use a 75-300 but 100 iso quite happy with the result usually about 1/60sec f/9 to be honest its probably roughly the same as yours so considering its not telescope material lol I think its a good try,just have lots of practice till you find what works best for you.
If you want some more detail try when the moon is only a quarter or half you tend to get more detail on the craters and if your uk don`t forget lunar eclipse tomorrow tonight...
Thanks for the comments so far. I will try again tomorrow night with the full moon. I took about 20 shots last night at different shutter speeds. The slower ones did not capture and detail at all as it was so bright it just burnt out and over exposed. I will upload more if I get a good one.
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