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moonshots with HS10

This has not had anything done to it except cropped, exported as jpg then uploaded to here, I have dozens more just like it.

This one has had some sharpening, noise reduction and had the saturation reduced to zero.  A larger version can be viewed in my gallery http://www.myfinepix.es/gallery/147017/256320 and if thats not big enough try the full-sized version here http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/49754204.jpg.

The picture below is of something I thought was Venus but now Im not sure what it is.  It was the brightest star in the sky at the time, just before sunrise in the south east.  When it is low to the horizon its worth taking a lot of shots as something in the atmosphere plays around with the focusing and most times you will only get a small shiny disc but keep your eye on the screen and watch for it fluctuating then catch it nice and big like this

To get these I used the custom mode with the following options:
ISO = 100.
IMAGE SIZE = L 4:3,
IMAGE QUALITY = F,
FINEPIXCOLOR = STD,
COLOR = HIGH,
TONE = STD,
SHARPNESS = HARD,

HIGH SPEED SHOOTING = ON,
IS MODE = OFF,

Also, for autofocus (little button with AF/c-s-m) I chose SINGLE AF and on the AF button I chose MULTI although Centre should work too if you can get the crosshair on the target.  

I always have burst mode enabled with the '7 best of 10' choice and I use that little exposure adjustment button (top of camera next to 'burst mode button' with +/- on it) to adjust the exposure/light balance up or down depending on the situation.  For the moon I turned the exposure all the way down to make it as dark as possible, this combines with the (7 best) burst mode darkened the shots enough to get rid of the shiny disc effect and show the moons details.  If you are getting an amber glow from the street lights use the white balance button (bottom laft of camera) and set it to 'Incandescent'.

A Tripod is an essential tool if you want nice detailed shots, try to get the best one you can afford.  I am not rich, my Tripod only cost me 49 pounds on offer at Jessops (Velbon CX480) try to avoid the cheaper Camlinks, their heads get loose.

Dont be tempted to wait for the moon to get low on the horizon, the focus gets blurry there and you lose lots of details

For those of you who really need EXIF data you can view it on my panoramio versions of these pictures.  The moon is at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46786574

and the object I thought was Venus is at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46927280  this image is a collection of shots taken in sequence over a few minutes.  I cant explain the fluctuating size as the camera was stationary and on maximum zoom the whole time.

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Date Wed, 19/01/2011 - 13:12
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Very nice, can you take here EXIF info ?

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Date Wed, 19/01/2011 - 14:50
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Hi Andie

Nice shot of the moon. Where am I going wrong. I've tried all sorts of settings on my HS10, full zoom and tripod and all I get is a shiny ping pong ball in the middle of the photo. Are you sure you don't use a telescope also?

Peter B Keddie

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Date Wed, 19/01/2011 - 15:36
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Look here. It´s my moon shot.

http://www.myfinepix.es/gallery/382161/221039

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Date Wed, 19/01/2011 - 17:45
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Bernifox: I have added links to panoramio versions of the pictures which should still have the EXIF data.

Peter: The settings I have given are the ones I used to get these shots and much more.  They work in the dark or in the daytime, you just need to use that exposure adjust button with the control knob to suit the conditions.  I did use a tripod for the moon and venus shots but not a telescope. 

The Moon is quite big in the sky just now but the trick with Venus was watching for when she 'throbs' to a bigger size, it only lasts a few seconds at a time.

So long and thanks for all the fish

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 00:51
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Hiya Andy matey, fab moon pic!  The Venus one is miles out of focus Im afraid its never a full disk, usually a 'half moon' type shot, the only time its full to us is on the far side of the sun and impossible to see.  It should be pin sharp really like a tiny crescent moon. 

Love the Moon pic though thats brill!  I took a few myself tonight but Ive got that many in my gallery already I'll end up with people moo'aning Laughing out loud

 

My views are mine alone and do not represent the views of others, either implied, alive, dead, budding apparitions or know it alls. Anything I state, that doesnt go along with everyone else or THE RULES are stated to give another avenue to explore

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 19:07
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Will be having a go at this later with my HS10 looks like good info

Nigel

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 19:07
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Will be having a go at this later with my HS10 looks like good info

Nigel

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 19:07
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Will be having a go at this later with my HS10 looks like good info

Nigel

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 19:26
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Cheers Daz

Your little photo explains why we can never see a "full" Venus here on Earth.  It seems noone would believe me.

Ta

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Date Thu, 20/01/2011 - 22:58
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Well Steve, if they were stood on Mercury, or maybe the Sun they'd see it, but thats a bit unlikely really Smile

My views are mine alone and do not represent the views of others, either implied, alive, dead, budding apparitions or know it alls. Anything I state, that doesnt go along with everyone else or THE RULES are stated to give another avenue to explore

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Date Fri, 21/01/2011 - 07:12
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Great moon shot Daz, and good info too, thanks.

Note to self: Must save up and upgrade to a more versatile camera. lol.

Regards, Pete.

 

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Date Sat, 22/01/2011 - 17:17
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my 'Venus' must be something else then, I wonder what it is.

Daz, in case you dont see the other thread here is a link to an image showing lots more shots of that 'object' I thought was Venus.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46927280

actually I should include this link in the main text.

So long and thanks for all the fish

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Date Thu, 03/02/2011 - 18:45
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Moon shot is amazing, I also have the HS10 so will have a go with the settings you give on the next full moon on 18th Feb.  Fingers crossed for a clear night!! My husband has a telescope which we've used to look at the moon but need an adapter to use it to take photo's.

 

 

Smile L Halliday

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