I've been itching to attempt some amateur astrophotography ever since I got my tripod but it's been raining intermittently for the past two weeks. Well, I finally had my chance tonight. I realized I probably picked a bad night to go out because it was a full moon but I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and photograph both the moon and the stars but now I know better.
Anyway, here is my first attempt:
This was taken with 50mm lens at f/1.8, ISO 100 and 15s exposure time. I found that anything longer than 15s resulted in something extremely washed out due to the moon's brightness. I read that you can stack up multiple pictures to make it look better so I took ~13 of these pictures before a cop found me and told me I was trespassing... Anyway, how do I do that? I can open them up in Photoshop as layers but then what? I'm looking for a tutorial for dummies as I just found out what a mask was the other week.
Is there anything I can do aside from buying a bigger lens or a telescope that would let me take pictures of galaxies and other cool things? I can't afford a lens or telescope with now, so the 50mm f/1.8 and kit lens are all I have.
Edit: How come I can't take pictures of the moon? I don't get it. The 50mm lens has a longer/bigger/farther (whichever terminology is correct) focal length than the human eye, so in essence everything seen through my camera should be zoomed. The moon was pretty big tonight through my eyes and I could see details on the moon, but when I tried to photograph it, nothing came out. Long(er) exposures resulted in a huge glowing orb, and shorter exposures resulted in a moon the size of a dime, even though the moon as seen with my eyes was huge (aka the lens "zoomed out?").
I want to take pictures like this. Someone teach me .
Ziir fucked around with this message at Jan 30, 2010 around 09:32
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