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May 13, 2022 08:24:49   #
genocolo Loc: Vail and Gasparilla Island
 
“ Total ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse to rise over US this weekend
The moon will plunge into darkness this weekend to create a celestial spectacle that has not been seen in the sky over the entire contiguous United States since the turn of the decade.”

Suggestions as to how to capture?

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May 13, 2022 08:28:08   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Spot meter on the moon.

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May 13, 2022 08:34:01   #
Sidwalkastronomy Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Tripod and bracket. Agree to spot exposure. Watch shutter speed to avoid movement of moon

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May 13, 2022 09:09:25   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
I'm looking forward to it. I have my 600mm f/4, 1.4x, Z9, remote trigger and a very sturdy tripod ready. I'll be shooting manual, shutter about 1/500, f/4, at whatever ISO is needed. When it looks good in Live View Mode, I know the exposure is about right, but I'll probably bracket +/- 1 1.2 stops just to be sure. I love shooting the moon. This should be fun.

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May 13, 2022 09:36:39   #
lyn1552
 
Thank you for the precise settings Strodav

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May 13, 2022 09:42:36   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
lyn1552 wrote:
Thank you for the precise settings Strodav


Except that they are nonsense. See a thread from a week or two ago with detailed discussion, accurate settings and examples.

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May 13, 2022 09:49:47   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
Will be more like 2/3 of a second, f4 at iso 1600. Each one is different by a bit. That worked in 2019.

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May 13, 2022 09:50:19   #
Sidwalkastronomy Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Orphoto wrote:
Except that they are garbage. See a thread from a week or two ago with detailed discussion, accurate settings and examples.


Can you post a link to that specific thread, thanks

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May 13, 2022 10:13:20   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-737199-1.html

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May 13, 2022 10:18:04   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
From May, 2021. 135mm lense. 2 secs, f3.5 iso 800

Note, this was about an hour before dawn, so first little bit of ambient light in sky.



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May 13, 2022 10:33:07   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Magnificent and iconic 🌐🌐☀️🌐🌐

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May 13, 2022 11:11:33   #
larryepage Loc: Collin County, Texas
 
Orphoto wrote:
From May, 2021. 135mm lense. 2 secs, f3.5 iso 800

Note, this was about an hour before dawn, so first little bit of ambient light in sky.


That is a beautiful shot.

To the OP...depending on what you want to do, you may find that a significantly different shutter speed may be needed. Longer lenses require shorter exposures to avoid capturing movement. Atmospheric conditions, as well as the height of the moon in the sky and variations in the brightness of the moon, can drastically change the exposure required. This weekend's eclipse is an evening event in North America, so be prepared for evening conditions to be different from early morning.

Bottom line...having a starting point is great, but be prepared to make adjustments...maybe fairly large ones.

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May 13, 2022 19:23:53   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
Orphoto wrote:
Except that they are nonsense. See a thread from a week or two ago with detailed discussion, accurate settings and examples.


Please share your settings and show us your best shot of the moon as your previous shot was a landscape with the moon only taking a very small part of the frame. Very nice image though.

Shutter Speed: The moon is moving across the sky at about 2300mph at a distance of about 239,000 miles (385,000km). Many of the best practices articles say a bare minimum shutter speed of 1/125. I choose to shoot faster to minimize camera shake, which can come from the mirror movement on a dslr, gentle breeze pushing on your telephoto lens hood, or just someone walking around next to your tripod. Any shake at all will be amplified with a heavy crop. BTW, use metal spikes on your tripod if you are in grass or even rocky soil and use a remote trigger or your camera's timer.
F stop: It is not necessary to select the f stop for DOF as the DOF for a 600mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter is at 5500m to infinity. I like to go down one stop as most glass is sharper closed down about a stop. So for my 600mm with 1.4x, I end up at f/8. Of course it is critical to achieve good focus, especially when you are using a deep crop, that's why I shoot in Live View on my dslrs (contrast detection AF), but that's not necessary on a mirrorless camera, which has a mixture of phase detection and contrast detection sensors built into the imaging sensor.
ISO: It is what it is. For a bright moon ISO is not an issue, but for the upcoming eclipse, it will be. I will figure it out along the way. I use the histograms in Live View to help set ISO. Don't worry about noise in the black sky as you can bury it in pure black during Post.

This was taken with a D500 (extra 1.5x crop factor), 600mm f/4G with 1.4x III tele (effective 1260mm) at 1/1000s, F/8, ISO 900.


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May 13, 2022 21:03:40   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
This won't be as instructive as you had hoped Dave. In 2 parts. 2nd part will be basic astro information which will be useful.

Image #1 taken with a D810 in Jan '19 with full night sky. Lense is Nikon AF-S 300 f2.8. Settings were 8 secs, f5 at iso 200. Key note, camera & lens were mounted on a tracker. So this is useful for basic exposure but then you need to shift shutter speed to suit your situation.



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May 13, 2022 21:04:54   #
Orphoto Loc: Oregon
 
Image #2, same camera & tracker but using an older Nikon 600mm f5.6. Settings 8 secs, f11, iso 800



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