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Sat May 15, 2021, 12:32 AM

New Moon Tonight



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CaliforniaPeggy May 15 OP
MLAA May 15 #1
CaliforniaPeggy May 15 #2
VarryOn May 15 #3
CaliforniaPeggy May 15 #4
VarryOn May 15 #5
CaliforniaPeggy May 15 #6
VarryOn May 15 #7
CaliforniaPeggy May 15 #8
VarryOn May 15 #9
CaliforniaPeggy May 15 #10

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:34 AM

1. Lovely, CalPeg

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Sat May 15, 2021, 12:39 AM

2. Thank you so much, my dear MLAA...♥

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:04 AM

3. Love a thin crescent...

It's not an easy picture to get. Congrqts!

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #3)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:10 AM

4. Thanks so much, my dear VarryOn! You're right--it's not easy to get.

It was behind some trees plus I was hand-held tonight. It's not my best, I'm afraid, but it's what I got.

The crescent is by far my favorite moon too. Although I've gotten some great shots of gibbous moons. Those show the craters really well.

You're being way too kind!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #4)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:17 AM

5. I've tried many times getting moon pics...

With various exposures and filters. I've yet to post one here, so that tells you something! Astrophotography takes effort...and practice.

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #5)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:47 AM

6. If I may ask: What camera and lens are you using?

It's true that astrophotography takes effort and practice! I've been at it for several years, and have had some expert tutoring along the way, plus I'm not afraid to experiment with F stops and shutter speeds.

Luck also plays a role.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:49 AM

7. Sony A600 with numerous lenses, especially telephoto. Nt

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #7)

Sat May 15, 2021, 01:55 AM

8. Sounds like you've got good gear.

I love my telephoto lens. It's a Tamron (made for Nikon) 18--400mm. The zoom gives me great detail with the proper post-processing program. I've gotten so that I can't use a fixed focal length lens any more!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #8)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:08 AM

9. I really want to get out west to some really dark skies...

And try getting the Milky Way, planets, and some of the nebulae. Our skies here in NW Arkansas are pretty dark, but I want really, really dark skies!

I'd really like an astrophotography mentor. So far, everything I've learned was on my own, in books, and on YouTube.

My eight-year-old is interested, but I wish I could teach him more.

When did you take up interest? Who taught you?

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Response to VarryOn (Reply #9)

Sat May 15, 2021, 02:24 AM

10. How cool your son wants to learn this too!

My interest came on slowly. I really got involved in digital photos when I joined DU, back in 2005. I had a little point and shoot digital camera and I just started taking photos. I loved the freedom of digital and also not having to wait to see the photos!

I did a lot of self-teaching and a few close friends offered tips and answered questions as I grew. Apparently I have the "eye" and that has helped me see the photo before I take it.

A good friend here has been giving me lessons on how to use Paint Shop Pro, for post-processing. It's fun and now I have some great new tools for improving my photos.

That's basically it. I need to sign off and get some sleep! I hope you'll stick around and let us see your work. This is a friendly group and we love to help people.

I'll be around tomorrow, Saturday. Our monthly contest opens for submissions tomorrow. I have a pretty good photo for that.

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