Dome and Moon




These were taken with 13.2mm, f3.8, ISO 400. Anyone have tips on taking photos of the moon with a consumer-level digital camera? I can never get any detail out of it. Or will I need better equipment?

Photos taken with a Canon Powershot A400.


  1. Chris says:

    Take a look at Daryl’s pics at – taken with an Olympus C740 – the same camera I have – very consumer grade. He tells how in the comments

  2. greene says:

    Pau, I’m not sure how much control you have over typically automated features, but the key to shooting at night is a tripod and relatively long exposures depending on the brightness.

    There’s no silver bullet for film speed, but ISO 400 or 100 should work anyway. Since your camera has limited control over featuers, try using the Night Scene feature, ISO 400, and +2.0EV and see what happens.

    You may want some sort of remote shutter control so that you can operate the camera without touching it. Example, if you shoot at 1/8 of a second, then even nudging the camera while you shoot will cause blurring… so use a tripd, at least!

  3. neckro says:

    The trick to getting detail out of the moon is to keep in mind that it’s actually illuminated by the sun — so the “sunny-16 rule” _does_ apply. (You _do_ know the sunny-16 rule, right?) In short, you’ll have to reduce your exposure to get any detail out of the moon.

  4. erika says:

    wow, I like those pictures…but I have no idea about getting more details out of the moon. I’m not very skilled in photography…haha