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. 


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. 


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. 


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


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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18 Responses to Shooting the Moon II – Nikon P900

  1. oneowner says:

    I’ve already made my decision: keep it!


  2. mvschulze says:

    These images certainly offer a compelling reason to consider this option. I know I’ll be reviewing your reviews again when considering future camera investments. Thanks for the ground work! M:-)


  3. Eddy Winko says:

    Buy the camera, but rather than sending me your old kit send me the new one!
    I almost prefer the second shot than the stacked picture, but all are very impressive.


  4. If we take this as having a NSE&W like we do the earth, just about where the due east is there sees to be a circle with ‘rays’ streaming out in all directions, which I find fascinating.

    I’m also wondering. is that where I have to park the saucer?


    • disperser says:

      First, no parking on the moon (don’t want that very abrasive moon dust marring the finish of the saucer. You can hover.

      As for the spoked feature, I think you are referring to the Tycho crater:

      By the way, to you and all the other readers who might be interested, the following.

      Google Earth, along with being an amazing resource for exploring the Earth, is an amazing resource for exploring planets and the moon. On the icon menu bar atop the Google Earth window, click on the Saturn Icon and choose moon. Then, explore.

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      • Well I have the Google Earth open often and I’ve never even considered that, now who’s the dummy?
        I like it for when I’m reading news from around the world, with G E I can go to the spot where the events take place and get a ‘better feel’ for the story, if that makes sense. It does to me which is the main thing.
        As for hovering I think that’s bloody unfair, and selfish!


      • disperser says:

        I sometimes just explore. They have the option to link photos, so you can also get a pretty good idea of landmarks and places from the photos that people upload.

        As for unfair, I am surprised.

        At your age, I would think you would have realized both that life has no obligation of being fair, and that selfishness is one of humanity’s most consistent trait. I am but a servant to the coding in my genes.


  5. Amazing shots of the moon! I can even see The Man in the! :-)
    I’d keep it!
    Enjoy VNP and I hope you take us along with you! I promise to behave in the back seat!
    Seriously, hope we get to see pics of VNP next week!
    HUGS!!! Happy Whee-kend!!! :-)


  6. PiedType says:

    For the first time ever, it occurs to me that the full moon looks like a cantaloupe, with the stem end showing.

    That BSS sounds like a cool feature to have!


  7. Aquileana says:

    These photographs are certainlu unbelievable… excellent… The quality is priceless and you can even see the details of the lunar surface too…
    It seems we were in the same wavelength somehow, given that I was writing about Artemis (both Hunter Goddess and Goddess of the Moon) at the time you were taking these pics. Well kind of!
    All my best wishes & congrats on these photographs, dear Disperser! :D


    • disperser says:

      Thank you . . . and, coincidentally, at the time you wrote your post, I was listening to the podcast “Literature and History” and learned a bit about Enheduanna, the high priestess of the temple of the moon god Nanna in the city of Ur, which was ancient even in the 2,200s BCE. Enheduanna is the world’s first known author. Her hymns to the moon god are graceful and filled with powerful imagery.

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