Moon & Jupiter conjunction

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by mattb.net, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. I shot this from my driveway last night. It was directly overhead at it's peak and that made managing the tripod a challenge! I shot some different exposures to get both our moon and Jupiter's moons exposed correctly. I wound up using just two exposures to make this composite in Photoshop CS5 using a layer mask. Our moon and Jupiter were one exposure, and Jupiter's moons were another (that overexposed our moon).
    Anyone else get out for this? I love this stuff!
    K-5, A* 300mm f/4, Vivitar PK-A R-PK 2x TC
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  2. Will tonight still work for shooting the Moon and Jupiter together. I am usually late to the shooting event and timing.
    That is a neat shot. Must be cold to arrange the shot for you. In my backyard, there are just too much city lights, but I will attempt it if the Jupiter is within reach.
     
  3. Gup

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    Nice effort!
    We had -20C and a thick haze last night. Maybe tonight?
     
  4. Thanks! The temp here was slightly colder than yours Gup. About -10F (-23 C). Compared to how it's been for the last couple weeks that was actually pretty mild. It was also very clear which was nice (and keeps us cold). I have the luxury of not having to go anywhere beyond my yard for brighter sky objects like this, living on the edge of a small town. For dimmer objects like meteors I have to drive a few Miles to where it's truly dark. There was a little ambient light around so I was sure to use the hood on my lens and that seemed to be adequate.
    I'm not sure what it will look like tonight but it might be worth checking. I bet they will still be close but just not quite as close as last night.
    Good luck and have fun! Oh, and stay warm too!
     
  5. Nice capture, Matt. Good to see the equipment was functioning well at those temps. The sensor would certainly not
    overheat !
     
  6. Thanks Haig. Yeah, no sensor overheating! The exposures were pretty quick anyway. The moon is bright and moving and my tripod isn't all that stable with a big lens + TC and trying to point straight up, so I figured bumping ISO and going with shorter exposures would get a sharper image. My battery did start to die after 20 Minutes or so but I wasn't starting with a fresh one. Once warmed back up inside it showed mostly full again.
     
  7. Gup

    Gup Gup

    Wow! My view tonight is superb. No light pollution here. But, it's now -29C and two minutes out there was brutal. I don't know whether to try and shoot it or not. I spent an hour out there earlier clearing frozen snow and am still warming up.
     
  8. Gup

    Gup Gup

  9. a good inspiration, I should use my Tamron mirror lens and TC a bit more for stuff like that.
     
  10. I was up all night attempting the moon after few days of rains in California. I had a lot of trouble tonight with my tripods and focusing. I never manage to shoot the moons well for various reasons. And Jupiter is absent and perhaps hidden in the clouds. With the clouds moving in and out, I ma not able to focus on the moon. All shots come out burry and not worthy of showing.
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    My eyes are getting old with bi-focal glass and I see two moons if I shoot with glass and I can't see anything in focus if I take off my glass. I am desperate for a photo. I can only salvage the old shot that I took in 2009. The shooting was much easier then
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    picture in 2009 with K20D and Pentax F* 300mm f/4.5 and Pentax AFA 1.7x TC.
    All shots with my 300mm primes fail to deliver. I will show what I manage to get with the Tamron adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0.
     
  11. When it is close to midnight, I manage to see the clouds escape from the scenes. But my tripod head gets stuck in earlier shooting. It was all my fault as I got it damaged in dropping my tripod onto sand and no matter how I clean the adjustment knobs after the accident, it is never like its original form.
    I give up on my tripods tonight and shoot with Tamron adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror lens. These are not great shots as I am shooting all hand-held with the mirror lens. I will try to fix my Linhof ball-head with lubricant. If you know of the right lubricant to use on ball-head damaged with sand and water invasion, please help me with a comment.
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    K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)
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    K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)
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    K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)
     
  12. Darn it, the more that I look at it, the more my moon shots look exactly like a water melon. It is a shame. It may have something to do with my post processing. Watermelon is all jammed in my tired mind Yesterday late into the making of Jupiter missing Moon shots
    My very watermelon like Moon shot
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    I did get some Lithium Grease multi-purpose lubricant earlier but I am researching if that is safe to use on my failed tripod ball-head with Linhof. I will try to re-shoot the watermelon moon shot to make it less like a melon. My moon shots and watermelon gripe giggles my boys tonight before dinner.
     
  13. I am a nut case for night shooting. It was a while ago that I dragged myself 2:00am in the morning to drive up the hill to a lonesome mission hill of Fremont and wait for the Meteor Shower to happen. Of course, I failed to catch meteor in action. Instead the traces of the airplanes are plenty. I was using the 10-17 fisheye and k20D at the time
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    shot with K20D and fisheye in 2009
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    K20D and fish eye
     
  14. The moon looks like a star in this shot and the white light comes from trailing lights from plane in long shutter.
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    I tried stacking 30 sec shutter shots in K20D, but I did not catch the meteor in action
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    I documented my failed attempt in this blog post wit Meteor attempt
     
  15. The lithium grease seems to work well with my ball-head and I manage to try my travel camera with Nex 5N on the same Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB). It is another problem and challenge to face as the nex is a thin body and I don't have the expensive L bracket. The setup oscillates even when I try to touch the focusing ring. Unlike the Pentax, my travel camera don't have SR for manual lens and with the setup, I pick a higher ISO 400 to shoot the moon yesterday night to gain for a faster shutter to avoid shaking
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    Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB) mounted on NEX 5N
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    Having a flip out LCD is a big plus especially when the moon rises more to the vertical above.
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    Tamron mirror and Sony nex 5N on tripod
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    Tamron mirror, nex 5n and hand-held
    I will document what I have learned from chasing the moon and jupiter the last couple of days and share with you all. And much thanks to Matt for the inspiration......
     
  16. All documentary pictures was shot single hand with K-5 and FA 43mm as my left hand is holding a remote for the nex 5N setup. I usually do documentary with DA 35 but the 43 is more suited for night shooting
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    Moon chasing
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  17. Very nice Hin! I was wishing I had a fold out LCD shooting the moon overhead. I had to crouch on the ground under my tripod to see what I was doing!
     
  18. @Matt, having the fold out LCD is a great help especially when the moon is closer to the vertical above you. And I share the same pain on my first shooting where I have to crouch under my tripod to find the moon with K-5. But in actual shooting in hand-held shots without tripod, the optical viewfinder in K-5 allows me to back myself against a wall and brace with the camera aimed high to the moon. The shooting becomes easier without the restraint of tripod. I am lucky to have the lightweight Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 mirror as it is quite alright to hand-held the moon shots with the mirror lens in iso 200 ~ 400 and have a higher shutter.
    And with a fold out LCD, I find the setup with less restraint and with more freedom to find the moon when used on a mono-pod
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  19. This is my mono-pod setup with the Tamron mirror mounted on my nex. I have an inexpensive Dolica mono-pod and a very cheap Manfrotto RC2 like quick release from Amazon. I am thinking of Manfrotto 494 ball head for my next upgrade on my lightweight traveling setup. If any of you have manfrotto 494, please help me if there is better alternative that I can consider in similar price range. My current traveling tripod head is Manfrotto 3229 which works better on mono-pod but falls short on a tripod due to absence of a ball head for more directional control.
    My boy helps in holding the mono-pod setup. The Tamron mirror lens is actually quite small in use and it is one of long focal lens that I actually enjoy shooting hand-held. But it is best use on a mono-pod if lowest iso is what you are after. The AF ring is very capable for fine tuning. Sharpness and color is very reasonable for such a long focal length. When time allows, I will try to reshoot similar moon pictures with my 300mm with a 1.7x TC -- Photosniper Tair Phs 300mm f/4.5 or my F* 300mm f/4.5
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    on mono-pod
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    on tripod
     
  20. Anyone with experience on Manfrotto 494 ball head for use with traveling tripod setup that can support a maximum wight of say 6 lb? And if you have similar ball-head in similar price range, I can use some help.
     
  21. I think mine is the version of that with the RC2 release plate. I don't have it handy to say exactly. For what it is I really like it but I wouldn't mind a beefier one sometimes when working with larger lenses like I was for this moon & Jupiter photo. But since I carry my gear so far regularly on skis, bike, or on foot it's the best compromise I have found for those situations.
    To me, the quick release plate is a must and I wouldn't get a head that didn't have that feature. I like minimal fiddle when shooting!
    I believe this is the one I have.
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  22. Thank you Matt for the inputs. I am deciding between Manfrotto 494 (0.49 lb) and Manfrotto 496 (0.71 lb) as the later can support 13 lb in the spec but my intention is for a lightweight setup on a tripod. Either one will serve me better than my current head with Manfrotto 3223 which is meant for mono-pod but I like it so much that I use it on my traveling Cullmann tripod.
     

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