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Why are ND filters used in moon photography?

I read/saw several articles/videos about how to photograph the moon and a lot of them use ND filters without really explaining why. What is the point in using an ND filter and the choosing a longer ...
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Is it generally accepted that "Samsung 'space zoom' moon shots are fake" and that some cellphones (e.g. S20 Ultra) use AI to add features?

a comment on my answer to What is the ring of light around the moon and which star seen near it? links to the reddit Samsung "space zoom" moon shots are fake, and here is the proof. I have ...
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How to capture detail of craters on the moon? [duplicate]

How can I photograph the moon so that I see detail of the craters and mountains? I have a Canon EOS 550D (T2i) and tried "No Flash", "P" as well as creative auto mode, but to no avail. Every time I ...
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How do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?

All my attempts to get a good shot of the full moon with my DSLR result in an overexposed circle on a black background. I've tried using a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, ...
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Why is the commonly utilized aperture for moon photography much higher than that provided by DoF formula?

in this Moon Photography Guide, a F-Number equal to f/11.0 is suggested. In many answers in this forum, similar values are suggested (ranging from f/8.0 to f/11.0). Even if someone suggests f/5.6, it ...
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What is the blue circle in this moon image?

Using my Nikon D3200, I tried to capture an photo of the moon using the 18-55mm kit lens. I can see a faint blueish circle, even in my view finder, and also in the final picture. Is this lens flare ...
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How would one get a moon shot like this?

Here is the shot, taken off Reddit: As you see, the moon has a perfectly exposed shadow (you can see the details in the unlit side of it) which I want to achieve. I understand you want to have a ...
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How can I take a good picture of the moon with a phone camera?

With my iPhone 8+, how do I take a picture of the moon without it looking like either a big white blurry blob or like I took a pic of a mirror with the flash on?
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How do I prevent the "light rays" coming off the moon in a photo like this?

I take long exposure photos of rocket launches, and always run into issues where the moon shows as just bright rays. I'd like to be able to see the moon as I see it at night. My normal setup is a ...
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Step-by-step description of the preparations, gear, apps, settings, ... needed to take image of a plane before the moon

I recently saw the following photograph on Facebook by ePixel Aerospace: with the following caption: Mission accomplished! Just about a year ago, I was commissioned to capture a special Qantas/Lunar ...
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Proper exposure for taking a sunset, stars, and moonrise timelapse

I'm planning to take a sunset to nighttime to moonrise timelapse. On the day in question, the conditions are: Sunset at 7pm Nighttime at 8pm Milky Way visibility at 8:30pm Moonrise at 2:30am at 15% ...
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

I have a Sony 200-600 (~5lb/2.1kg) that I'm looking to use for moon photography with a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ tripod. I'm also using a 2X teleconverter and an APS-C camera (α6600). However I think my ...
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RAW Photo of the Moon - How to take pictures of objects in front of a (bright) moon?

I have an object in front of the moon and I wanted to take a RAW (NRW) photo including the moon and the object in front, thinking that I can fix the illumination/overexposure later in Lightroom. But I ...
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How to shoot a shot with the moon and city skyline?

What is the best way to capture the moon with a city background? The moon is so bright that if I do long exposure to capture the city, the moon will be completely blown out into a white star. Is HDR ...
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How can I achieve more clarity in my photos of the moon?

I took this photo of the blood moon this morning and I am finding many of my photos, especially landscape photos, have a significant lack of clarity. I'm not looking for a photo critique because I ...
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How do people shoot very large moon views?

I see pictures of the moon that looks like it is very close to the earth; I am wondering whether they are real or is there a trick to show the moon that big? Here is an example: http://www....
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In photographing the moon, it appears hazy, Why? [duplicate]

I have tried to increase shutter speed and changed aperture. Can this happen if the air is salty with high humidity? Otherwise, how can I adjust so this does not happen?
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Take stacked photos of night-sky with the Moon

I would like to ask about photographing night sky (stacked photos) with 80% Moon. It's about 80%, but the moonrise will be at 21:59. So technically when I would like to take photos of the opposite ...
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lunar photos with telescope

So I have a Nikon D5500 and want to take an image of the moon, I also have an 8inch telescope too. My issue is when the camera is coupled to the telescope the moon takes up more than the frame, so its ...
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Do I need to wait for new moon to get a Milky Way photograph?

I know that similar questions have been answered, but this is very specific. I know that I need as much darkness as possible, and hence the recommendation for new moon days. But, would you get the ...
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Can taking photo of the moon and/or stars at night cause damage to the camera sensor?

We know that taking photo of the sun can cause some degree of damage to the camera and our eyes. So, are there any damage to the camera (point and shoot / DSLR) when taking photo of the moon and/or ...
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I want to take photo of moon with my mobile camera?

I tried taking pic of moon with my mobile camera, i tried auto mode and manual mode also. but its not clear. what are different option or addition tool required.
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

Any advice on how to remove moon "rays"? (Looking to learn how to take a photo without them, not remove them in post) Artistic opinion - is it too underexposed? The picture was shot at shutter speed ...
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Whats the "most amount of moon" acceptable for astrophotography?

The last time I shot the sky, it was a full moon and it completely ruined my shot. What's the maximum amount of moon (i.e. 1/3, 1/2, etc...) that can be out that won't adversely impact a shot of the ...
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What are some causes for an oblate image of the Moon during total solar eclipse?

I took a few pictures during the total solar eclipse of 2019. I noticed in my images that the "width" of the Moon is greater than the "height". I know that the Moon is oblate by about 0.0012 (...
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What focal length lens do I need for photographing the moon?

I would like to know whether it is possible to photograph moon without any flaws with a canon EOS 550d.. Also to get an image of the moon as close as the following image, what kind of equipment(lens,...
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Is this color-correction explanation of images from a lunar lander gobbledegook?

There are many asking why the Chang'e-4 images of the (far side of the) Moon's surface have an reddish-orange hue. In this answer I suggest that the camera may not use a traditional human-matched ...
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Why do moon shots bring out the worst in telephoto lenses?

Assumption: The moon is just monochrome rock with some coarse structures, any old telephoto lens (including cheap 500/8s or junk mirror lenses) that is capable of taking a recognizable photo at all ...
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Why the difference between sunny f/16 rule and looney f/11 rule?

There's the sunny f/16 rule that says photographs on a sunny day should use f/16 with the exposure time set to reciprocal of the ISO sensitivity. However, there's also looney f/11 rule that says ...
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How can I take a picture of the moon as part of a night landscape?

I recently saw this scene while on vacation: What I would like is for the moon not to be completely blown out, but to also get reflections on the water. If I expose for the reflections, the moon ...
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What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon?

While I'm satisfied (despite the fringe) with shoots from a partially visible moon with a cheap 500 mm lens: 1/100 ISO 100 f/? I cannot understand why the image quality is extremely diminished when ...
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Why are my photos of the moon blurry? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 28-300mm VR lens. I am an absolute newbie and I've been trying to capture a reasonably good picture of the moon. But no matter what I try, the pictures are never ...
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Is there an app that shows location-specific times of sunrise, while considering line-of-sight obstructions, such as terrain?

Taking sunrise/sunset pictures at the ocean allows for photographs where the sun is placed just above the horizontal plane. This allows for "red ball of fire" pictures, such as the following by ...
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Using dedicated light-meters in moon-lit / very dark scenes

One part of Michael's answer to long exposure caught my eye. He stated that most camera light meters would find it difficult to meter dimly lit scenes such as a landscape illuminated only by the moon....
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Are there any mobile applications that calculate sunrise/sunset based on location?

Do you know a mobile application that would: calculate sunrise/sunset/twilight time calculate moonrise/moonset/moonphase would do that based on the location from internal GPS module There are good ...
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Are there cameras allowing shortcuts for manual exposure settings?

I have been playing with the Multiple Exposures feature of Fujifilm X-T2 to take photos of nature views with the Moon in them. First you take a shot of the Moon with appropriate aperture, shutter ...
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Is two teleconverters on a sigma 150-600 sharper than one on a 1100mm mirror lens?

I was considering taking photos of the moon and stumbled on a review of the MTO 1000a mirror lens. This is acording to this site a sovjet design from the eighties of an 1000mm mirror lens. (Some other ...
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How can I get settings right on my new DSLR for twilight moonsets and moonrises? [duplicate]

I recently got my first DSLR, and am trying to learn the best approach settings-wise for a specific type of photo, namely twilight moonsets and moonrises. The camera is a Nikon D5600 which came with ...
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Is it possible to set two exposure values and set them on a loop?

I'm trying to capture a time lapse of the moon rising and would like to set one exposure time for the moon and one for the foreground. Is it possible to save two exposure values or do I have to switch ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

I wanted to photograph the full moon against a beautiful deep blue sky. I ended up with blown-out highlights of the moon: So I switched to spot metering and captured the moon, losing the blue sky in ...
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HDR Help - Photoshop Cs5

I have made, with auto-bracketing, a set of 3 pictures of the moon to merge it with the HDR auto-merge function of Photoshop. The problem is that PS Cs5 is not being able to compensate the movement of ...
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How to predict when the moon will appear large?

Over the last few days, here in Eastern Canada, the moon (Full and close to it) has been appearing very large in the atmosphere around sunset. I know that also happens at around 2->3:00 am in the ...
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Affordable lenses for nightscape photography (nikon d5300)? [duplicate]

I just bought my first DSLR camera Nikon D5300 and currently I only have the kit lenses. I am looking to get some new ones soon to use them to take pictures of the moon and maybe even the stars. As ...
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What are the optimal settings to photograph moon/dawn/sunrise/dusk/sunset? [duplicate]

I just got a new camera, a Canon EOS Rebel xti and I am still learning what it can do. What setting or ISO should I use to take a photo of a moon (with/without landscape)? And what setting or ISO do I ...
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How can I get infinity focus, both including the moon and a tree in the foreground?

I'm trying to take photos of the moon with other objects in the foreground but I can't seem to get both in focus. How far do I have to be from the tree to have pan focus (foreground and background in ...
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Haze effect in moon photo? (using GIMP)

I used two photos of the recent supermoon and combined them. The result is OK (link below). I was unable to achieve a look I wanted, where haze causes darker areas of the moon surface to assume the ...
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Astrophotography with an 800mm

Yesterday I did the following shot of the moon using a 400mm with a 2X: Now, I would like to know if it's possible to shot pictures of planets using just a tripod? This is the first time I'm trying ...
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Vibration control for Sony NEX-3 exposures

My Sony NEX-3 (first model) does not have the Electronic First Curtain Shutter feature, so when I use it for Moon photos, the close, open/close, open cycle of the focal plane shutter always adds shake ...
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Moon photography [duplicate]

Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens ...
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What caused some of the bright, diffuse areas of sky in some of the Apollo images from the moon?

There is a large, diffuse, bright area in the otherwise black sky in some of the Apollo mission images from the moon's surface. It is not the sun. What can it be? In the images below, I am comparing ...