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Image of full moon is fuzzy, 55-200 AF-S Nikkor DX ED

redfoot

Mesa, AZ, US
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redfoot Registered since 08th Jul 2009
Mon 22-Nov-10 12:49 AM

I tried to shoot the full moon last night using the subject telephoto lens set at 200 using manual focus. I took a number of photos using a tripod and ISO 200, 1/100, f11 and experimented with the shutter speeds. I could get some definition of the mares (dark spots) but they were blurred and became very fuzzy when the picture was enlarged a bit. I could not get a sharp focus, the lens was very sensitive to focusing and quickly went through the sweet spot if there was one. I tried to lock the mirrors up to minimize vibration but those shots weren't any better than just pressing the shutter using the view finder. Am I expecting too much from this lens? I expected to see some crater detail and better definition of the seas. Would more magnification give a sharper image or just a larger image? Would a doubler give a suitable image with this lens?

Thank you for whatever advice you may have.

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