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Lunar Mosaic by CapturingTheNight Lunar Mosaic by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may NOT use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

This is the first time I have tried stitching together a picture of The Moon. Made from 16 individual images. The full res version is 10,000 pixels wide. Not entirely happy with a couple of areas of it. I'll try this again another night (knowing what I do now) and if I get better results I'll upload a full high res version somewhere so that you can look at it in greater detail.

23/09/2012
Canon 60D
10" F/4 Newtonian Telescope
8-24mm Baader Hyperion Eyepiece at 8mm
NEQ6 Pro Goto Telescope Mount
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dominique-merot Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Superb work!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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NeatShinyOwl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thus reigniting the flame that was once my love affair with the moon. Amazing work, Greg!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Glad you like it.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
:iconrobinplz: Holy Exsquisite detail, Batman! :iconbatmanplz: I think I can see Gotham City from here!

Well done my friend! :clap:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: :D Thank you so much
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ZkaiOlsn702 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Photographer
I feel like I could cut my hands with how sharp those craters are! hahaha. Excellent job!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: haha :D Thank you very much :D Glad you like it.
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:iconuffielle:
Uffielle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
awesome, it's like a dream...
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:iconuffielle:
Uffielle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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:iconrscordoba:
rscordoba Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
:wow:
amazing
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Vierasaine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
To me this seems perfect :)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:icontoparo:
TopARO Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Photographer
THE DETAIL!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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TopARO Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Photographer
You are very welcome. Quick question, from what you know, how noticeable is the difference between a 200mm lens and a 300mm?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
In terms of moon shots, probably not that much. 300mm will obviously give a slightly bigger moon but neither is really ideal for capturing a lot of detail. You need focal lengths in the 1000mm + range to start getting the moon close to filling the whole frame.
Some examples....
50mm [link]
300mm [link]
1000mm [link]
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:icontoparo:
TopARO Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Photographer
That illustrates it quite well. Though I was referring to a more general sense of the question.
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel like if you're talking a *really* general sense, not even dealing with the moon necessarily. The difference between 200mm and 300mm is pretty decent, I've used a Sony with a 55-210mm and more recently used a 70-300mm canon, and the difference is noticeable, I was shooting sports and the 300mm was far better to frame shots well. For landscapes, I have used the 300mm for sunrises and sunsets and it's very nice to have, as was the 210mm, the 300mm is definitely better for the moon. But generally I'd say there's a noticeable difference between the 210 and 300.
If you're looking for a real live comparison, [link] go here and go down to the picture, roll your mouse over and compare it :D Always depends on the lens and body you have.

You have to decide what you need the lens for, if you're shooting landscapes, you may go with the wider angles, if you're shooting sports, you're definitely going to want a longer focal length, if you're shooting macro, probably mid range, all depends what you're looking for =)

Hope this helps you out well!
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TopARO Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Photographer
That actually did help quite a bit. I guess what I'm looking for i a wider focal range. I have my 35mm for general photography and the kit lens for wide angle. I guess this stems from an interest in airshows. The extra reach of the 300mm would get just that mush closer.
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to hear it! And yea that sounds like you should be good on the wide angle end of it, with a 35 and kit. So I think a telephoto would be a great next step, I couldn't tell you how well the 300mm would do with airshows, having had no experience, wish you all the best =)
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Zeroth57 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I shoot with my 300mm frequently and have got some good results. As Greg says, 1000mm is great as is his 10" Scope, but get out there and try some of these and experiment. Greg can tell you better, but give it a go and here is where I started with my camera settings and then changed as I went:

Manual Mode and Manual Focus
Shutter Speed: 1/320 second
Aperture: F/11.0
Focal Length:300 mm
ISO Speed:200
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Beautiful ;)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
;)
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Kell0GGz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Gorgeous! Looking at this photograph it makes me smile a little, is this how the moon appears in your region? For me, the moon would actually be "on it's side" (if you were to flip your image 90 degrees to the right). It's so cool how we are able to see the same thing in different ways! :)

I think for this being your first time doing this it looks fantastic! I definitely think you should do more of this. :heart: :heart:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :D I have actually rotated this a bit to fit the frame better, so no this isn't as it appears normally in the sky.
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Kell0GGz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I feel silly thinking it did x) Sorry!
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MA-Graphics Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the details are amazing :clap:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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MA-Graphics Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very welcome :)
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PauloHod Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Looks pretty awesome to me!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Best moon piece I have seen. Well done :D.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
You're welcome :D
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puffindogg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's amazing. :D
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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sgt-slaughter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing detail, nice job!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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isabellatabacchi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
WOW!!!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
awesome!:clap:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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kokinomala Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
you are welcome:hug:
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hydrocean Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Details, Gregg! That wonderful capture!!!! :)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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brittmiscast Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous... just gorgeous. The amount of detail is just breath-taking!!
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