Having blown the dust and cobwebs off my old Tamron SP 500mm I thought I’d try a few shots of the moon. For the technically minded the following equipment and setting were used: Tamron SP 500mm Reflex, Tamron SP 2x Converter. I add a further 1.6x converter in the form of a Nikon TC-16A, all coupled together and fitted to my Nikon D2X. I chose the D2X because it has a unique feature of having a high speed crop mode. When this feature is engaged it doubles the focal length of the lens in use, as opposed to the normal 1.6 crop factor of normal DX censors. The above combination gave me a whopping 3200mm focal length. ISO was set to 200, which gave a shutter speed of 1/200 second. To preserve the highlights I dialled in 3 stops (-3EV) exposure compensation.

Everyone knows about the moon’s existence, we see it most nights, but not many people know much more about it. To remedy that here are some really cool factoids about the moon:
The Moon was first visited by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 2 in 1959. It is the only extraterrestrial body to have been visited by humans. The first landing was on July 20, 1969 (do you remember where you were?); the last was in December 1972. The Moon is also the only body from which samples have been returned to Earth.

The moon is cold and dry; it has no water and no atmosphere. The surface is studded with craters and strewn with rocks and dust. It rises and sets each day as it orbits the earth, even on the nights when there appears to be no moon. The age of the moon is approximately 4.6 billion years old, about as old the earth. The light of the moon is actually a reflection of the light from the sun. So on a full moonlit night, we’re actually getting sunlight that’s bouncing off the moon. The Moon has four different phases – first quarter, full, last quarter, and “new” moon, despite this we always see the same side of the moon.

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