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Blood moon photo settings?

Tintype_18
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I have a Canon T7 with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. The wife has an SX530 HD with focusing up to 150mm. We are interested in photographing the blood moon that is to appear in the 27th. Thanks in advance.

John
Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG
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Peter
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I used 0.8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 at 400 mm and with a 7D. Still not enough light.

If I would do it again I would try to take 20 pictures at shorter shutter speed and stack them in post.

 

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FloridaDrafter
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@Tintype_18 wrote:

I have a Canon T7 with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. The wife has an SX530 HD with focusing up to 150mm. We are interested in photographing the blood moon that is to appear in the 27th. Thanks in advance.


This was taken during the last partial eclipse in 2019 using a 5D mark IV with a 100-400mm L II and EF 1.4x extender. My settings are similar to that of Peter. Unfortunately, the T7 isn't known for it's high ISO quality (I have a T7i) so if you use our settings, you might get lots of noise, and the 75-300 [edit] might not be as sharp as you want (I have that lens), but you should get acceptable results so don't let my comments deter your efforts.

As mentioned, stacking is your best bet to get better resolution, even with the 75-300, but that requires a post editor, like PohotShop, that has layer merge or you can get a plugin for GIMP (free). There are several free image stacking editors, but they are pretty hard to use. You would just need to convert your Raw shots to tif in DPP, then stack them (not to be confused with Focus Stacking). The concept is by taking multiple images of the same object, more detail begins to emerge when they are combined. I'm not even going to go into trackers since I know you don't have access to such a devive, but that would be ideal combined with stacking.

Anyway, look at Peter and my settings as a good place to start. Get confortable and take lots of shots.

 

1 second exposere, f/8, ISO 4000, spot meter, 560mm, processed in DPP 4. Full frame.

Moon Elcipse-2a.jpg

 

Cropped. Note that the stars are streaked from the 1 second exposure. The lack of sharpness is from the earths rotation, hence the need for a tracker.

Moon Elcipse-3a.jpg

 

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@Tintype_18 wrote:

I have a Canon T7 with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses. The wife has an SX530 HD with focusing up to 150mm. We are interested in photographing the blood moon that is to appear in the 27th. Thanks in advance.



I forgot to mention, be sure to shoot Raw and use the lens optimizer in DPP 4 in post. It really helps with that lens.

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For stacking Siril will do the job, but as FloridaDrafter mentioned it ay be hard to begin with.

FWIW, missed it!

John
Canon EOS T7; EF-S 18-55mm IS; EF 28-135mm IS; EF 75-300mm; Sigma 150-600mm DG


@Tintype_18 wrote:

FWIW, missed it!


Yup, same here. It started in my area at 7:30 a.m. and it was so low on the horizon that there was no chance to see it 😞

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