Well, well - after having waited for
days and finally settled for some solar photos for a
test, the clouds actually spread a little around
midnight on the very same day. Just a little, and not
exactly clear skies, but OK for my very first 1400mm
lunar test shots. Here is just a single example from my
first test series:
we have a full, un-cropped picture taken with my Pentax
K200D at 1/15 sec, ISO 400, 1400 mm, f/23.
Post-processed using curves adding a little extra
sharpness in PhotoImpact. As a first test image I should
call it a fairly promising start ....
And yes, it IS 1/15 sec. at 1400 mm
focal length with the camera on an ordinary, ficed
tripod. The stubborn myth just doesn't hold true that
the Moon should exhibit motion blur at these slow
Next to show is a more thoroughly elaborated picture
form a series of images taken a few days later:
8 images at 1/6 sec and 10 at 1/15
sec stacked in Registax. The colour contrast has been
adjusted using a
Camera Curve Profile in PhotoImpact.
Using such long exposure times requires absolutely calm
atmospheric conditions AND stacking is also a must.
saying that these are the the world's best moon photos;
what I do say is that one can go quite far with
relatively simple (and cheap) resources. The images
shown above is both scaled and compressed for upload/
file size purposes, but you can get an idea of what can
be achieved (and the limits to that) with the following
may always argue whether this is "good enough", but you
should notice how much detail can actually be seen at
this long focal length. For DSLR CCD/CMOS sensors,
the pixel size IS a limiting factor in respect
of resolution when we use less than about 1200 mm focal
length for lunar photograps.