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    Quote Originally Posted by modafoto
    A few of the pictures from the film. No keepers. I am forced to use a tripod...
    don't think i've ever seen "moonpainting" done before. :-)

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    Two suggestions, Morten: longer lens, sturdy tripod.

    http://www.rbarkerphoto.com/misc/Pho...stron8-600.jpg

    You'll get about 1mm of moon for every 100mm of lens, so a 300mm lens is stretching the enlargement capability of even a Rodinal-developed shot. ;-)
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    Looks kind of grainy.

    What developer did you use
    Acutol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    Two suggestions, Morten: longer lens, sturdy tripod.

    http://www.rbarkerphoto.com/misc/Pho...stron8-600.jpg

    You'll get about 1mm of moon for every 100mm of lens, so a 300mm lens is stretching the enlargement capability of even a Rodinal-developed shot. ;-)
    Hmmm...I don't have the money for a super tele....but I have fallen in love with the 1200 mm from Canon...

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    You might try connecting with a group of astronomy enthusiasts near you, Morten, and see if you could arrange to borrow/rent one of their telescopes, or just get some shots by attending one of their sky-watch sessions. All you'd probably need to buy would be a T-adapter for your camera (Canon and Nikon are common).

    The 8" Celestron, for example, is about 2000mm, producing a moon image of about 20mm on film (any format, so 35mm film is fine). As a tele lens, it's not as sharp as one might hope, but it's better than trying to enlarge a smaller image too much.
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    I've gotten very good size moon images on 35mm by shooting through the eyepiece of a telescope. You can also remove the lens from the camera and use eyepiece projection. If its dark enough outside you dont need to worry about mounting to the telescope, I handheld it myself.
    Gary Beasley

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