April 2019 Moon

I decided to practice taking pictures of the Moon with my Nikon D7100 around Easter time.  On Good Friday, 19 April, there was a Full Moon.  I used my Nikon Nikkon DX AF-S 55-300mm 4.5-5.6 GED lens and tripod on good evening to capture pictures of the Moon.  I been reading up on how to take pictures on Moon with a DSLR camera and it seem the Rule 11 works fine,  but I found that setting my Shutter Speed at 1/125 or /1200 works the best, and setting the Aperture to f/10, with an ISO of 200.  Because the Moon is moving, it is best to set Shutter Speed above 1/125.  Over the course of several days, I took 7 pictures.  On the last day of taking pictures, Jupiter and the Moon were close to each other, therefore when you look at the photo you will see Jupiter in lower left hand corner.  In the sky, it seem much closer.  I was surprise how far apart it came up in digital.  My Latitude / Longitude coordinates were:

Latitude: 35° 3′ 0.6″ N / Longitude: 77° 1′ 21.77″ W

 

On the 15 of April, when the Moon was at Waxing Gibbous 80% rising:

The photo was taken at 20:01. I actually used a Shutter Speed of 1/100, with Aperture setting to f/10, and ISO setting on 100.

 

On the second photo, I changed the Aperture setting to f/8 and set my camera up to take multiple shoots on one frame.  With the Nikon D7100, you can only take 3 shoots and they have to be within 40 seconds of each other.  And in the photo below, the interval was around 35 seconds apart.

 

 

On the 16 of April, when the Moon was at Waxing Gibbous 89% rising:

The photo was taken at 19:41.  Again I  used a Shutter Speed of 1/100, with Aperture setting to  f/10, and ISO setting on 100.

On the 18 of April, when the Moon was Full:

The photo was taken at 20:46.  I  started using a Shutter Speed of 1/200, Aperture setting to  f/10, and ISO setting on 200.

 

On the 20 of April, when the Moon was Full at 99% decreasing:

The photo was taken at 23:07.  I  used a Shutter Speed of 1/250, Aperture setting to f/10, and ISO setting on 250.

 

And on the 23 of April, when the Moon was Waning Gibbous 82% decreasing:

The photo was taken at 05:54.  The Moon was actually setting.  I  used a Shutter Speed of 1/200, Aperture setting to  f/10, and ISO setting on 200.

 

On the last day of taking pictures, Jupiter and the Moon were close to each other, therefore when you look at the photo you will see Jupiter in lower left hand corner.  In the sky, it seem much closer.  I was surprise how far apart it came up in digital.  Note: If you click in the picture, then you can see Jupiter in lower left hand corner.

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