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Taking sharp pictures of the Moon...how to?

lawfarm

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lawfarm Registered since 25th Jan 2007
Wed 28-Feb-07 02:30 PM

I was out last night screwing around with my D50 on a crisp winter night...I had my Nikon 70-300 on, and the tripod set up. I was trying to take pics of the Moon, which was directly overhead. To give you an idea of the size of the moon, zoomed in to 300mm, it was about the size of the center recticle in the viewfinder.

For some reason, my pics all turned out without much definition in the moon. Looking at it, I could see craters, shadows, etc. In the pics, it was just kind of a white blob. Not sure what I did wrong. I tried different exposures, different aperture settings, all sorts of stuff. Couldn't get it right. I had the lens hooded, and there wasn't much ambient light (middle of night).

Any thoughts?

More glass than skill, but that is changing.

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