Shooting the Moon II – Nikon P900

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Last night and tonight I stepped out again to shoot the moon. Again, hand-held and at 2000mm (83x zoom). This next shot is a stacked image from four sequential shots taken last night. 

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Note: you get a better image when the moon is not at full or near full. That’s because features near the terminator are easier to see (look at the bottom right of the above). 

Once the moon is full, it’s difficult to see the textures relief because the light reflects nearly directly back at you, so no shadows from the surface features. 

This next photo is from a single shot. 

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Again, these are probably the best photos of the moon I’ve ever taken with any of the camera equipment I’ve owned. And this is taking into account I’m at sea level and hence having to shoot through a fair amount of atmosphere.

In Colorado, at 7,300 feet in elevation, the air is crisper and without as much disturbance from rising warm air. 

These next two shots were taken tonight using the BSS function of the camera. That stands for Best Shot Selector. Press the shutter and the camera takes ten photos, chooses the sharpest, and discards the rest. 

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And finally, this next shot is in color. I pushed the saturation a bit to boost the colors the sensor picked up. 

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Tomorrow we are heading to the Volcano National Park and the P900 will be my camera of choice for the day. By Sunday, I plan to make a decision on whether to keep it.

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