Photographing the craters in detail on the moon?

1 month 1 week ago #764601 by Mark T
What focal length is needed please?  


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1 month 1 week ago #764604 by Razky

Mark T wrote: What focal length is needed please?

What format film or sensor are you using?


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1 month 1 week ago #764626 by Owen
+1 good question.  Are you crop or full frame?  Either or, if you can get up to 400mm+ you should be in a good position.  You don't need to buy expensive lens either.  You'll be shooting the moon around f8-11.  So this should open up the doors on a number of inexpensive zooms for you. 


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1 month 1 week ago #764632 by TCav
Probably your best bet would be a telescope that you could mount your camera onto.


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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #764633 by TCav

TCav wrote: Probably your best bet would be a telescope that you could mount your camera onto.


... or you could just download one of NASA's photos .


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1 month 1 week ago #764704 by KenMan


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1 month 5 days ago #764771 by Overread
400-500mm will get you there.  Although the more you throw at it, the better. 


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1 month 4 days ago #764776 by db3348
I've had some decent results with 1000 mm,  when I can keep it suffiiciently steady .


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1 month 3 days ago #764802 by Choff

TCav wrote: Probably your best bet would be a telescope that you could mount your camera onto.


+1 even inexpensive telescopes that don't have native mounts, you can get 3rd party adaptive mounts off Amazon that 'attach' themselves to the eye piece that will allow you to photograph with your camera or iPhone. 


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1 month 2 days ago #764805 by TCav

db3348 wrote: I've had some decent results with 1000 mm,  when I can keep it suffiiciently steady .


That's why God invented tripods.


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1 month 1 day ago #764871 by Harrison J

TCav wrote:

db3348 wrote: I've had some decent results with 1000 mm,  when I can keep it suffiiciently steady .


That's why God invented tripods.


Ha!  I was going to say the same thing.  At 1000mm even the most still of still people will see some movement.  Tripod AND cable release.  


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1 month 8 hours ago #764919 by CharleyL
Some really good shots of the Moon surface should be available from NASA.
 
I worked on a camera positioning system back in the 1960's for the Lunar Ranger and Surveyor Programs that took thousands of shots of the Moon surface from several orbiting rockets before they crashed into the Moon. Even shots of the back side of the Moon should be available. The positioning system was most important for the dark side, since film (Polaroid style self developing) was used, then it was slow scanned back to Earth in later orbits. During the long exposures required for the dark side, the camera had to be held on position while the rocket was orbiting, then jump the camera ahead and lock on position for the next timed exposure shot. Thousands of relatively close up shots were taken for "mapping the Moon's surface" that were later used for the Apollo missions. 

I looked at so many shots of the Moon back then that I haven't taken a photo of the Moon from anywhere since then.

Charley


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3 weeks 6 days ago #764986 by ShutterGuy
How exciting, I bet you have some stories to tell! 


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