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Old 30-08-2007, 10:24 AM
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SLR settings for Moon photography

I have a Nikon D50 with both 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens' and would like to know what the recommended settings are and any need-to-knows for quality images of the moon and later on - planets and deep sky objects ..

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Old 30-08-2007, 12:32 PM
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If the moons full,try a shutter speed of around 250 sec, bracket about 4 pics, say, from f3.5-f4-f5.6-f8-f11 & try an iso of about 200. white balance to automatic & if you have it, spot metering.These settings will get you off & running.Try some tests & delete the ones you're not happy with.
A crescent or gibbous moon will require different settings possilbly a tripod
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Old 30-08-2007, 12:45 PM
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Old 30-08-2007, 03:25 PM
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i found on my 400D that at full or near full moon, a shutter speed of 1/1000, @ ISO100 @ f8, gave some nice shots. that was a focal length of 260mm.

but play around with it mate, you'll find setting that work for you and your camera.
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