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What? ... is name of third crater from left
What? ... is name of third crater from left

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Challenge: What? (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Lens: Panasonic DMW-LTZ10 1.5x Teleconverter
Location: Overhead Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Oct 12, 2005
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2005

Just fooling around outside on a stunningly clear night when I decided to see what I could get out of my 650mm lens. T be frank, I wasn't expecting that much.

There is a formula for how big a moon image you get for each lens but the only part I can remember is that you divide a whole bunch of lens numbers by 110. I think it all means that you get an 18mm image with a 1000mm lens.

When I got this image to the computer I was speachless when I blew it up to see the detail of the craters and mountain ranges on the moons surface in the low asimith light.

This crop is only 26% (711x502) of the original image's 2560x1920 pixels so the enlargement is fairly extreme yet the detail still holds. I'm stunned.

Incidentally, I've tried other phases of the moon since but it is this first one with the light hitting the moon's equator that shows the most relief detail.

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08/22/2006 04:48:21 AM
same me your camera
01/16/2006 05:14:47 AM
you're right, the detail retention is impressive-
check this out-

2560x1920 = 4915200 pixels
711x502 = 356922 pixels

356922/4915200 = 7.26%

Rather than 26% of the image area, your crop was actually only 7.26% - and the detail is still that good. WOW!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/25/2005 11:36:41 PM
Very nice picture. Like the position of the moon, gives it a sense that it is moving into the photo. Love how clear the craters are defined, this is one shot that still eludes me. Good job!
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10/25/2005 06:45:42 AM
I love this. Why can't I get even close to getting a photo like this????
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10/25/2005 02:43:48 AM
Impressive, very impressive.
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10/20/2005 07:50:22 PM
Let me guess........
10/19/2005 10:20:46 PM
That's a pretty good moon shot. 8
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10/19/2005 08:58:18 PM
Nicely done...Great job!
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10/19/2005 05:51:56 PM
Nice color in the craters. Looking forward to exif info.
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10/19/2005 04:48:03 PM
this looks like the moon.but it can't be that close. i mean,what kind of zoom do YOU have? anyway,10 from me,it's freakin awesome
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10/19/2005 02:48:44 AM
Such an awesome shot ... I am amazed that you captured this so well that we can actually see the crater you are talking about!
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