Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 mirror and Pentax K-5

2013-01-28


I was up all night attempting the moon after few days of rains in California. I had a lot of trouble tonight with my tripods and focusing. I never manage to shoot the moons well for various reasons. And Jupiter is absent and perhaps hidden in the clouds. With the clouds moving in and out, I am not able to focus on the moon. All shots come out burry and not worthy of showing.
Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5 Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5
My eyes are getting old with bi-focal glass and I see two moons if I shoot with glass and I can't see anything in focus if I take off my glass. I am desperate for a photo. I can only salvage the old shot that I took in 2009. The shooting was much easier then
pentax K20d, pentax f* 300mm f/4.5, pentax afa 1.7x TC
Old shot  in 2009 with K20D and Pentax F* 300mm f/4.5 and Pentax AFA 1.7x TC.
All shots with my 300mm primes fail to deliver. I will show what I manage to get with the Tamron adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0.

When it is close to midnight, I manage to see the clouds escape from the scenes. But my tripod head gets stuck in earlier shooting. It was all my fault as I got it damaged in dropping my tripod onto sand and no matter how I clean the adjustment knobs after the accident, it is never like its original form.
I give up on my tripods tonight and shoot with Tamron adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror lens. These are not great shots as I am shooting all hand-held with the mirror lens. I will try to fix my Linhof ball-head with lubricant. If you know of the right lubricant to use on ball-head damaged with sand and water invasion, please help me with a comment.

Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)

Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)

Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5 and Tamron SP adaptall-2 500mm f/8.0 mirror (55BB)

Darn it, the more that I look at it, the more my moon shots look exactly like a water melon. It is a shame. It may have something to do with my post processing. Watermelon is all jammed in my tired mind Yesterday late into the making of Jupiter missing Moon shots
My very watermelon like Moon shot
Moon Chasing with Tamron SP 500mm f/8.0 adaptall-2 mirror lens (55BB) and Pentax K-5

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1 comments:

Mike Lambert said...

Well I think your moon shots are great and not at all "melon like"!

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