Waxing Gibbous Moon 69 Percent 26Nov2009 (my best moon photo)

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Waxing Gibbous Moon 69 Percent 26Nov2009. Waxing Gibbous Moon 69 Percent 26Nov2009, as seen from Morro Bay, CA.

(my best moon photo)


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© 2009 Michael L. Baird


Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4.0 Lens with Circular Polarizer (to no expected effect) with Canon EF 2X II Extender Telephoto Accessory (for 1200mm times 1.3 crop-factor = 1560 effective mm, on heavy Gitzo GZGT5540LS tripod with Wimberley Gimbal Head II on leveling base.

Tech Note: Image Stabilizer off; Focus manual via Liveview 10X view on LCD. I also tried manually "zooming" through a narrow ranges of focus settings as a form of "auto-focus "bracketing" to get a crisp in-focus shot... it is amazing how sensitive to focus an object is like the moon, so very far away. When not doing a burst of frames and changing focus, I used the 2-second shutter delay mode in place of the remote shutter controller which I left home in the haste. Next time I will bring a second tripod and a bean bag for providing more camera/lens support at the end of the lens, as vibration definitely was a limitation on image quality obtained here.

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Taken on November 26, 2009