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Full moon and stars

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Full moon and stars
Real moon Dec 1 2012; fake stars and planets
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Peter W. Marks
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    I took the shot of the moon for Dale's KISS challenge on the last day of November and then realised that we were already into Dec so decided to add the stars plus Saturn, Venus and assorted constellations. You might recall that I did something very similar to this using the rusty base of a large skillet but here the moon is the real thing with no PS work done on it. The color was very unusual.


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12/7/2012 2:02:36 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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We often see the moon that color here, Peter. Glad you added the stars because those we do not see, except Venus which of course is a planet.


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12/7/2012 4:01:55 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Nicely done, Peter! Looks like a Halloween harvest moon shot.


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12/7/2012 5:39:46 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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It is so red it looks like Mars. Great find and capture to get this red moon Peter.


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12/7/2012 8:27:32 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Nice work, Peter!


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12/7/2012 9:11:14 PM

 
lisa anderson
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Lovely shot of the moon, Peter. Congrats on your EP!


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12/8/2012 7:03:18 PM

 
Kristin Duff
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Awesome and congrats on your EP!


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12/8/2012 9:02:04 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Cool shot Peter...I heard through the grapevine that Santa is getting my son a decent telescope for Xmas, if that's true I can't wait to see if I can attach my camera to it to get some celestial images :)


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12/8/2012 10:29:14 PM

 
Stephen Shoff
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Nicely done, Peter.

Did you use a tripod? If so, two challenges in one.


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12/9/2012 12:04:53 AM

 
Rita K. Connell
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looking good I really like this one peter, I saw the moon last month plus I didn't have my camera with me so I wasn't able to get a shot. but very cool to see. I like that you added the stars and planets.


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12/9/2012 9:57:45 AM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Very fun and pretty! Congrats on the EP! We are looking into buying a camera for our telescope, but need one that will fire without a lens attached. Let me know if any of you have any suggestions! I think we may be renting one instead of buying (very expensive).


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12/10/2012 5:52:03 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Many thanks to all of you my friends.
Stephen, I am a tripod hater because using one out in the field for landscapes etc my head always forgets what my feet are doing and it is only my quick reactions that has stopped a couple of grands worth of camera/lens from hitting the dirt as I get tangled in the tripod legs. So last monmth I purchased a Manfrotto monopod and one of their ball heads. I like this set up but will keep the tripod for whenever I need to do a remote or long exposure shot.
With the moon image it might come as a surprise to some that the settings were 1/125sec; f4; ISO 100; 200mmfl.
Were the moon the usual bright white it would only have required an even much shorter shutter speed so one needs to make sure that the exposure is not getting its setting from the black sky rather than the bright moon.
Hey Tony, good thinking to make sure son is given the sort of gift YOU need! :0)
Dale, I am thinking over why you can't see the stars. Is this because of light pollution where you are? We are out in farmland and it is only the north-west quadrant of the sky that is spoiled by the glow from the city lights.
Debbie. various cultures have different names for the monthly full moons. The Harvest moon you mention usually refers to the late summer(Sep/Oct) moon. This is followed by the Hunters moon in Oct/Nov and then the Beavers moon late Nov early Dec. Now for Elizabeth who is part Cherokee it is 'nvdadegwa', but she didn't know that until I told her!
Elaine- my Canon 50D fires without the lens attached. I know that because your question intrigued me and I tried it a couple of minutes ago. Have you tried with just a random shot with no lens attached? Just curious; why do you think (or know) that your camera does not fire? Did you try it or just get told that?


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12/11/2012 5:19:42 AM

 
Elaine Hessler
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Hi Peter-I am not surprised at your settings-the moon is incredibly bright, and I've had to keep decreasing the exposure to get the detail on the moon's surface (using a tripod:)

I can't believe this, but my camera does fire without a lens on manual mode. I am baffled because our local camera shop told me we would need a very expensive camera body to use an adapter so it could be used with the telescope. So thanks for the suggestion-duh! I'll let you know what we end up with if we can find an adapter that works with our telescope. Maybe we can get some really cool images of nebulae, ect!


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12/11/2012 7:25:57 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Peter, you are correct about the ambient light where I live. There is so much you can almost read at night outside.


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12/11/2012 8:32:03 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Love this one Peter. Someday I'll get a good shot of the moon.

I've seen the moon this color many times, usually in the fall. I've also seen the moon hanging low in the sky and so big you probably wouldn't need a telephoto :)


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12/11/2012 7:23:37 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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Peter, Congratulations on your EP! I think you did a great moon shot! I always find it hard to get a good one, but I still keep trying. Great job adding stars and constellations.


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12/11/2012 7:37:41 PM

 
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