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    If I am using a non full-frame DSLR (1.5x), what would be the most appropriate lens for moon photography. I tried shooting with a 200mm but the picture of the moon was far too small and it tended to over expose. For manual metering at ISO100, what would be the ideal aperture and shutter speed. All feedbacks appreciated.

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    500mm or longer.

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    telescope w adaptor ... trying to catch some tonight ... will try to post ...

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    300-800 with 2x TC. also underexpose.

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    I used a MF 300mm with a 2X TC before, making it 900mm effectively, however that it still barely enough. I would state that as the mininum if u wanna take decent shots of the moon.



    Try to shoot in M mode, or do a -5.0 in A mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paradigm View Post
    telescope w adaptor ... trying to catch some tonight ... will try to post ...
    Nexstar 5 (1250mm f/10) + D70s ISO200 1/250s (DX frame resized, no cropping)
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 8th May 2007 at 12:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Nexstar 5 (1250mm f/10) + D70s ISO200 1/250s (DX frame resized, no cropping)
    Wow, is Nexstar5 a telescope?

    I always wondered why the moon looks jagged at the top edge, so there is a big crater there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoV View Post
    Wow, is Nexstar5 a telescope?

    I always wondered why the moon looks jagged at the top edge, so there is a big crater there.
    This is the link to the latest model. Mine is at least 2-3 generations behind.
    http://www.celestron.com/c2/product....=13&ProdID=414

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    Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    There's only one camera that went to the moon. That's the one you should use.

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    A Nexstar 5? Where did you get it from? Astro Scientific? Do you take pictures piggybacking on the telescope?

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    there's no point piggybacking the on the scope as he isn't tracking the moon for long exposures. I believe he fitted his cam onto the scope for prime focus shooting.
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    No there is no point piggybacking if you are shooting the moon. The short exposure does not warrant the need to anyway. I'm referring more to other deep sky objects.

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    DSO also don't need piggyback.
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    No. There are some DSO that requires piggybacking. For eg, the Helix Neb, the Barnard's loop etc, that are too big to do prime focusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM.
    I don't know how many Nexstar I can buy with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantaresg View Post
    A Nexstar 5? Where did you get it from? Astro Scientific? Do you take pictures piggybacking on the telescope?
    Mine was mail ordered but you can get from Astro Sceintific also. I don't piggy back because 1) I don't have a piggyback mount, 2) the Nexstar is an Alt-Az mount so it will not track the sky perfectly (there will be some field rotation) like a properly aligned an equatorial mount, so I can't do decent long exposures anyway.

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    MOST appropriate? then this will be the one...7875mm, 11.9 kg and cost 5750Euro

    This is how the moon will look like

    http://www.unitronitalia.it/gladio/moon-quartet-m.jpg
    http://www.unitronitalia.it/gladio/southpole.jpg

    No other telescope (except space telescope) can come so close
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    I don't know how many Nexstar I can buy with that.
    I'd rather buy a flat instead.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Default Re: Most appropriate lens for moon photography

    Took this one with a 500mm mirror lens


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