Halloween Moon

Here is a moon shot for Halloween.
Beautiful...
posted October 31st, 2017  
Hi Joe, ( prefacing my feedback with --- I am not a moon shot expert!!) what lens, camera & focal length did you use? I have found it tricky to get a full depth of field across the moon, and have often wondered if I should try focus stacking. Your focus is slightly to the rear & I might have placed the focus on the central light crater?
posted November 1st, 2017  
So sorry that I have not been commenting much lately - I have been (and still am) under the weather to the point where I was in the hospital for 4 days,
That said - your moon shots are always marvelous though this particular one does seem to be out of focus and a bit soft and hazy. Not as clear and crisp as some other ones you have had in the past.
posted November 1st, 2017  
@farmreporter I agree. There was some wind when I took this one. @ltodd This one was taken @f/13.5, 1/160, ISO 200, 1150 mm. I do focus stack my shots. This one was composed of 80 shots and stacked using RegiStax 6. What I think I did wrong on this one is take my normal 50 shots, re-positioned my camera and took 50 more deleting the ones off the screen. What I normally do is take 50 shots and just stack them. This one may be over-sharpened. I can never tell before posting. I will process again and post the same shot again today on my regular album.
posted November 1st, 2017  
with the mirror locked up and tripod legs weighted down? maybe mixing the shot positions has had an impact? the back ends are both really crisp.
posted November 1st, 2017  
@ltodd I am sure it was the mixing of shot positions. Rookie mistake for someone who has taken hundreds of moon shots. I keep trying to improve so I experiment. I use a remote trigger so I do not have my mirror lockup on. There is no stabilization to the lens. If there were stabilization to my lens it would be off on my tripod. My lens is long so any wind will move it. I do weigh down my tripod.
posted November 1st, 2017  
I have read a the mirror movement when using a super long lens can cause vibration even using the remote - I have never compared shots though, and there seems to be variation in the amount of impact between camera models. http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1067188 I use a wired remote for star shots, & with mirror lock up via live view on a 5D, but my lens is way less than yours, so I can't tell if it would make a difference to my images. :-D

- do you manually shift your point of focus across the sphere of the moon for the 50 shots, or does the trajectory of the moon do that for you?
posted November 1st, 2017  
@ltodd I let the moon float across my lens. The stacking program aligns the moon shots for me. I will have to try my mirror lock up with my remote. The moon looks much sharper when I focus on it. I have used the mirror lock up before with my moon shots a while ago. I will try it again, thank you.
posted November 1st, 2017  
Most of your moon is rather sharp and I wondered how you managed that. Stacking is a good idea indeed, never thougt about that. CombineZP aligns the shots like your software does. Do you change anything (mainly focus) after each shot or after some shots?
posted November 1st, 2017  
@wenser I use live view to manually focus before my first shot. Since the moon is at infinity, all I need to do is focus once and all subsequent shots will be in focus. I zoom in with live view and manually focus in on a crater. I will look at CombineZP.
posted November 1st, 2017  
The detail is really good on your photo. I like it.
posted November 2nd, 2017  
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