As most of you who know me realize, I really like photography. But what most of you do NOT know, is that I also really like astronomy! So when this rare – every 18 to 20 year – “SuperMoon” event presented itself, I was literally drooling over the chance to take some photographs of it! Luckily, the weather gods were smiling down upon me, because there wasn’t a cloud to be seen from my viewing location!!
Throughout the shoot I used the following settings:
- An ISO 200 setting, and
- An aperture setting of 6.3 (wide open for this lens at full zoom)
If you’ve ever looked at the moon through a telescope, or even through a large zoom lens, you’ll soon discover that the moon is really moving!! I mean moving much faster than it actually appears to the naked eye! So unless you have a rig that can track the moon as it moves across the sky, taking long exposures of the moon are out of the question!! So the goal here for me, using what I have, was to let in as much light as possible (open up the aperture setting on the lens as wide as it would go) and use as fast a shutter speed as possible to get a clear image. Below are the fruits of my labor, presented in chronological order.
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Hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and the photos!