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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-07-2020

Help me take photos of Mars?

Hi everyone.   I am new here.   Trying to take photos of Mars but no luck.

 

I have a Powershot SX 530 HS

 

I use a tripod

 

I set it to the "P" mode

I turned off the image stabilizer

I chose the AF frame

 

but no luck

 

Am I doing something wrong?

 

Thanks so much

Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,498
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: Help me take photos of Mars?

You probably need manual focus.

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Posts: 10
Registered: ‎10-06-2020

Re: Help me take photos of Mars?

I agree, the auto focus will have trouble targeting the planet so it will end up unfocused. Manual focus under the macro control will help but still might now be enough. Try using a cheap telescope with an point n shoot telescope mount. It will usually be an adjustable mount with a platform to secure the camera with with knobs to adjust it's position in the xy axis. The telescope is held by an eye piece clamp and a tripod mount on the bottom. These can be used with any optical sight, rifle scopes, telescope, microscope, binoculars, monoculars, anything pretty much. I suggest a basic short telescope, I sometimes use a 45x90mm 18+- inch tasco telescope but any will do. Good luck.
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