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Should changing the shutter speed affect the moon's color?

but why i can see little bit of orange color with shutter speed 1/400 ? My best guess is that you had the camera set to automatic white balance (AWB). In the 1/200s shot, the moon was bright enough ...
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What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon?

What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon? In a word: shadows. I cannot understand why the IQ is extremely diminished when doing the same with an almost fully visible moon. ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

The "ray" effect is known as sunstar. There are 2 conditions to achieve sunstars : use a narrow aperture (like f/16). point camera to small and bright light source. You achieved that effect very ...
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Why are my photos of the moon blurry?

Your exposure settings will grossly overexpose the moon. Remember, the illuminated parts of the moon are in direct sunlight! Allowing for the moon's albedo, start with about ISO 200, f/8, and 1/125 ...
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Are there cameras allowing shortcuts for manual exposure settings?

I can't speak for all manufacturers, but can answer your point 2. Canon does. Their higher end models on the top mode wheel (e.g. auto, P, aperture priority/shutter speed priority and manual etc), ...
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How can I achieve more clarity in my photos of the moon?

Some possible reasons, arranged in the likely order of influence, for the lack of clarity in the example photo: 1) The optical limits of your lens. The EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 was released as a budget ...
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Shouldn't the diameter of the moon with a 600mm lens be double what it is with a 300mm lens?

Assuming both lenses are being used on the same size sensor, the area in the frame with a 600mm lens should be one quarter the area in the frame with a 300mm lens. The linear dimensions should change ...
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What caused some of the bright, diffuse areas of sky in some of the Apollo images from the moon?

It looks like lens flare. It is an internal reflection inside the lens. It is caused by off axis light allowed to fall on the front surface if the lens from outside the field of view. For an example ...
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Is the lack of image stabilisation on lens a major drawback for photo shooting the moon?

I have found these lens Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G in a very good price. I am planning to use them mainly to take pictures of the moon. I am aware that this lens does not have image stabilisation. Is ...
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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?

Based to the article in The Verge I get actually Samsung fake the moon. Of course there are vague expressions from the company about the process and when what is in use. But my personal estimation and ...
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Why do moon shots bring out the worst in telephoto lenses?

The moon is a fairly easy object to photograph. There are a few things that are helpful to know up front. As no specific lens example or photographic example was offered, I can only offer general ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

Opening your aperture fully, so the actual aperture opening is circular, will get rid of the sunstars - but can give just too much of a halo (even more with a fast prime lens than with a small zoom!). ...
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How do I prevent the "light rays" coming off the moon in a photo like this?

The small aperture (f/22) is the cause of the spikes. You could have used f/8 at ISO 100 for the same exposure and it would have reduced the spikes significantly, if not eliminate them altogether. If ...
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How would one get a moon shot like this?

The "shadow" area of the Moon is lit by Earthshine - light reflected towards the moon from the sunlit part of the Earth. From the Moon's point of view, the more of the earth that's sunlit, the ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright "rays"?

More on the star effect...The aperture is created inside of your lens by overlapping petals, like this: The following is pulled from BH Photo Video's article on the subject (https://www.bhphotovideo....
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How do I eliminate the shake I'm getting using a supertelephoto lens and tripod to shoot the moon?

I don't think you need to spend more money. The moon is pretty easy to shoot, although a 600mm lens does require care in setting up. The tripod and head you have should work for lunar shots. Some tips:...
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taking moon shots

You did not post your moon images; however, you should know that shots of a full or nearly full moon are frequently disappointing. This is because the moon’s craters are ringed by mountains. At the ...
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Why do I never see HDR done with nighttime photography when the moon is in the frame?

This is done but most photos do not advertise their technique. If you search for moonscape on Google you will see lots of examples, mixed with some other artwork. The most common technique to include ...
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Why are my photos of the moon blurry?

It could be that the atmosphere or the "seeing" in your part of the world is creating the loss in sharpness. Or it could just be your lens. Super-zoom lenses like your 28-300 are notorious for not ...
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Is the lack of image stabilisation on lens a major drawback for photo shooting the moon?

If you use a tripod, image stabilisation is not necessary. If shooting hand-held, image stabilisation can become important. Given the rule of thumb that 1/focal length is the longest hand-holdable ...
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Is there an app that shows location-specific times of sunrise, while considering line-of-sight obstructions, such as terrain?

The Photographer's Ephemeris is a very popular app used by landscape photographers who need to know when the Moon/Sun is going to be at specific spots. It may be of great help to you.
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Is there an app that shows location-specific times of sunrise, while considering line-of-sight obstructions, such as terrain?

I found this partial solution here at StackExchange. While I am not sure of the precision to which this calculation is made, it is a first step. Now, if only the results could be calculated for a ...
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What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon?

The full moon is illuminated by the sun which is directly overhead, i.e. noon. Mountains on the moon's surface, at noon local time, cast no shadows. When the moon appears to be partially illuminated, ...
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Why the difference between sunny f/16 rule and looney f/11 rule?

The moon's surface is relatively darker than Earth's, with an average albedo of 11% (our gray cards are 18%). Moon phases other than full moon are side lighted, and darker still. Yet we seem to ...
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I want to take photo of moon with my mobile camera?

Unless you have a multi-camera phone with a very strong telephoto option, the moon is much too small in the frame to give usable results even with modern, high resolution sensors. A single camera ...
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Do I need to wait for new moon to get a Milky Way photograph?

The short answer is 'no' ... but it's really a qualified no. Here's why: Position of the Milky Way band The Milky Way is a band that appears to go all the way around the planet. Roughly described, ...
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In photographing the moon, it appears hazy, Why?

Atmospheric conditions have a tremendous influence on how the Moon looks in images that are shot using even the very best techniques. Any sharp temperature gradients between the surface of the Earth ...
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RAW Photo of the Moon - How to take pictures of objects in front of a (bright) moon?

The moon is properly exposed at about EV 14 when it is more than 20° or so above the horizon. The rest of the landscape of a night-time scene is probably properly exposed anywhere from about EV0 to EV-...
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Why is the commonly utilized aperture for moon photography much higher than that provided by DoF formula?

You are over-thinking this problem! We use depth-of-field math to computer the span of acceptable focus. We agree on an acceptable diameter for the image disks (circles of confusion). Then we compute ...
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What are the optimal settings to photograph moon/dawn/sunrise/dusk/sunset?

I just got a new camera, a Canon EOS Rebel xti Congratulations! New gear is always exciting. ;-) Also, welcome to Photo.SE. I am still learning what it can do. First thing to do: Read the manual. ...
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