Timothy Verschoren 8:56am, 9 November 2012
Dear all,

I am truly drawn to photographing at night and becoming more and more passioned with lunar photography, star trails and more..

I've recently tried photographing the moon with a 300 and a 400mm but it just didn't give the image I wanted..
I want to get as close as I possibly can.. with as much detail as I possibly can .. and as little budget as I possibly can ...
( I know, the last part is usually the difficult part ;-) )

Can you guys (and girls) give me some info on how to make these stunning close-ups on a budget ? :)

Thank you all in advance!

Alejandro C.R Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Alejandro C.R (member) 9 years ago
Hi, Timothy, unfortunatelly, my questions are the same as yours.

Sorry, my english is very, very bad.
Zembower 9 years ago
It depends on what you mean by inexpensive. If you want high-zoom lenses for a typical SLR you'll probably end up paying a lot of money (you're looking either at a lens of about 500 mm, or a telescope). However, I've seen some really nice shots posted using cameras with digital zoom capability of 50x, such as Canon PowerShot SX50. Those cameras can be found for about $400. I have a 76 mm telescope (TeleVue Pronto) that I bought for astronomical viewing, for which I also have a T-mount and adapter for my camera. I would never have made the investment in the telescope just to snap pictures of the moon, though (it cost about $1100 ten years ago). Living near a big city I don't have dark enough skies to really use it much unfortunately.
Kometsky 8 years ago
I have made a few decent shots with a mirror-or catadioptric lens. these are a lot less expensive than the conventional refractor lenses since mirror lenses have less glass elements.
These do not have stabilisers, zoom function or autofocus.
You have to work the lens hands on, but again, less features means less stuff that can break or malfunction and results in lower prices.

I have an 800mm Rokinon to use with my Nikon D7000.
These types lenses aren't as heavy, so are easier to handle too,
I have managed to even take handheld photo's with it (on a very bright day, because these aren't very lightstrong with only f8 value)
I do not recommend handheld though, the best way to use these (and any long lens) is on a tripod.
thefisch1 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by thefisch1 (member) 8 years ago
Have you looked at AstroTrac.
It is a camera guiding system for longer exposures.
There is a free program for 'stacking' and some really nice shots are obtained.
Quite a procedure.
They have a flickr presence. Search for AstroTrac and look at some of the photos obtained.
the fisch
The Saffa Posted 8 years ago. Edited by The Saffa (member) 8 years ago
The most impressive shots I've seen in budget setups are those made with super-zoom, small sensor cameras....such as the 30x - 50x super-zooms, for example, the Fuji HS10 to HS50 range.

See some examples here..
Waxing Gibbous, 62% of the Moon is Illuminated on March 13 2011 DSCF3384

The best I get with my little NEX-5N with its large APS-C sensor and an old manual focus 400mm Canon lens (about $500 for the camera and $200 for the lens and a good tripod) are not as impressive, but here's an example...

blind_manuel 8 years ago
I bought the Rokinon 500mm f/8.0 Lens w/ 2x Converter.
I've got a small budget, so I shopped around and found a good price online.
It works perfectly & is nicely put together. The image quality is perfect for photographs of the Moon.
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