A few months back I bought a camera. This is the Fujifilm Finepix SL1000. This is my first ever high-end camera. Although, this is not really a very “high-end”, for me it is. Not quite a Digital Single-lens Refelx Camera or DSLR, it has many modes and gives you the option of setting only the aperture, or the shutter speed or both at the same time.
I found a very handy guide to using such camera’s here: http://digital-photography-school.com/megapost-learning-how-to-use-your-first-dslr/
Today, I tried to take a picture of the moon with full zoom. That is 50X. This is the one of the best features of the camera I think.
Here is a sample. This picture has been cropped to about 30% of its original size. No other effect has been added. I set the shutter speed to 1/500 sec for this. ISO-800 was the default setting. The camera ‘brain’ chose the aperture size of F/6.5 for this setting (do not know much about this, how?) No flash was used.
So I found out a new use for my camera, apart from taking pictures on trips to random places.
About the above pic: Did some searching on the internet. Found some information and as a result, have some more questions about the moon.
The big crater visible on the right (east-southeast) of the moon is called the Mare Crisium or ‘Sea of Crisis’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mare_Crisium The nomenclature comes from an Italian astronomer: Giovanni Riccioli (you can wiki this). This Mare is also visible by naked eye.
On this webpage: http://lunaf.com/english/live-data/moon-phase/ the shape of the moon is correct for the present day (2nd June, 2014) but is rotated by about 45 degrees from the picture I took. I do not quite understand why, although that should not be a very difficult aspect to fathom, about the revolution of the moon around the earth, and its visibility from different parts of the world. The Moon is illuminated about 20% today, but the disk (2D) is only about 14.8% of the total. The zodiac sign is Leo.
I will try to take some more pictures of this satellite of mother earth, and post here.