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The Moon Tonight. close to mid-night I think. EXIF will tell for sure.. I was thinking it was supposed to be a full moon, but I now see it is waning away...slightly gibbous. This is my first attempt to capture the moon without a telescope. I'll keep practicing.
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Dec 31 2012 06:48 GMT junne PRO
wow, this is the best moon shot i have seen without telescope
Dec 31 2012 06:50 GMT junne PRO
on the page of the moon phase it says 92% waning gibbous
Dec 31 2012 07:19 GMT porph
I guess it's still the same moon on there...
Dec 31 2012 07:19 GMT hans55 PRO
outstanding moonshot !!
Dec 31 2012 10:29 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
Very impressive, Larry!
Dec 31 2012 10:53 GMT skyball
A beautiful capture Larry!!..well done!!!!!!......
Dec 31 2012 11:56 GMT RTW
Great moon shot Larry.

Happy New Year to you, all the very best for 2013
Dec 31 2012 12:34 GMT wijnie58
WOW Impressvie moonshot, Larry..:-))
Dec 31 2012 13:29 GMT hallo
Excellent details..
Dec 31 2012 14:17 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks G√ľnter. I don't know what I was thinking (I said it was waxing). Waning IS "going away". I have a big telescope which I haven't set up in 4 or 5 years, but I'm thinking about cleaning the mirrors on it and see if I can capture the moon at little bit better and maybe Jupiter, which is UP NOW. Thinking about it and doing it are two different things though. :-)
Dec 31 2012 14:18 GMT larrybenedict
Right your are Porph
Dec 31 2012 14:18 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Hans
Dec 31 2012 14:21 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Sylvia. I recently purchased a Canon SX-40, which has 35X zoom. This was my first attempt with the full zoom (840mm equiv). I did use a tripod to steady the camera.
Dec 31 2012 14:22 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks you Geoff
Dec 31 2012 14:24 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Reg. A real compliment coming from a great photographer like yourself.
The same wishes for a prosperous and happy 2013 to you.
Dec 31 2012 14:27 GMT larrybenedict
Wijnie....not as WOW as I would have liked, but satisfied with it enough to post it here.
Wishing you and Hans a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Dec 31 2012 14:28 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Samir.
Dec 31 2012 18:50 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Wow! Stunning capture. Amazed that it is your first attempt!
Dec 31 2012 19:00 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Mary. It was my first attempt but I shot about 7 or 8 and found this to be the best of the lot. :-)
Jan 01 2013 00:01 GMT sini
Happy 2013!:)
Jan 01 2013 01:11 GMT potterjo
Happy New Year to you!
Great shot, thought about getting one of the super zooms but decided on the dslr, now I have to save for the telephoto
Jan 01 2013 05:37 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Sini and I wish for you to have a very nice 2013 as well.
Jan 01 2013 05:39 GMT larrybenedict
Jo, Nikon makes a really nice 18-200mm wide angle zoom for your camera. You will have to cough up the cost of your camera to get it though.
Jan 01 2013 08:56 GMT saffi9
great quality, happy new year
Jan 01 2013 22:21 GMT peterpinhole
Some good details here Larry. Well done!
Happy New Year!
Jan 02 2013 01:07 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Dave. After purchasing a DSLR (Canon 60D) last year, I appreciate Point-N-Shoot cameras a lot more. Hope 2013 is a great year for you Dave.
Jan 02 2013 01:13 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Peter. I sharpened, and framed it using Picasa3 (free online). I don't know how I mistakenly set the ISO to 400....a bit noisy.
Jan 02 2013 17:52 GMT bandsix
It's a great photo Larry...I would be very pleased if I had taken this! I hope your New Year is all you hope for....and thanks for your comments this past year, too:))
Jan 03 2013 01:53 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. I was pleased with it too. My first "Moon Shot" with the new little point-n-shoot camera I got in the mail on Christmas Eve. I bought the camera for the long zoom (840mm equivalent. I had seen photos here on FT, shot by Bellavista, and was impressed with the quality of the photos. Bea has the SX30, which is the earlier version of the camera. I haven't been disappointed so far!
Jan 04 2013 09:39 GMT senna3
Excellent capture of the moon, very clear details!
I wish you all the very best in 2013!
Jan 04 2013 23:39 GMT Bellavista
WOW, great shot Larry, I'm glad you like your new camera! It is so easy to use it, isn't it?
Jan 05 2013 01:25 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Peter. Wishing you and your "Better Half" the same.
Jan 05 2013 01:31 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Bea. Yes, I like the camera....great image stabilizers and pretty good macro shots for a super zoom.. Had it not been for your great photos, I might have purchased something else, since I became interested in the Canon super zoom when you posted a really nice zoom shot of the London Eye ( some time ago ) cars from some distance away.
Jan 13 2013 00:02 GMT abojovna PRO
Beautiful detailed photo of The Moon! Very nice presented! Congrats!
Jan 13 2013 00:12 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Claudia