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Can this camera really get such clear close up shots of the moon??

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Can this camera really get such clear close up shots of the moon??

I've been seeing online several photos and videos of the Nikon p900 zooming close enough to get a shockingly clear picture of the moon, I'm finding it hard to believe it's true because I get some close up views of the moon but my telescope is a 5ft dobsonian. How is this possible that this little camera is so powerful?! My research so far has suggested it's not a hoax and the camera really has the capability of doing it.

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I believe it.
It's 2000mm equivalent optical zoom.

My 300mm equivalent lens take photos of the moon that are about the size of the top right crater or smaller. (When the moon fills the frame in the video)
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I think up to about the 33 second mark he is in optical zoom and after that he uses digital on top of the optical. Something to check in another video. There are a few still pics on Flickr of the moon.

edit: I checked a couple of other videos. You can hear the zoom motor up to the point the moon fills the screen almost top to bottom. After that there is a pause and you can hear just a click and a click but no motor sound as the camera zooms in closer - seems like digital to me.

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Pretty much what one would expect to see from a 55mm aperture lens (the camera's lens is f/6.3 at its longest FL 357 mm). Looks pretty close to the diffraction limit at that aperture, so the optics is obviously well optimized for the longer FL. The theoretical diffraction limit for 55mm aperture is 2.2 arc seconds, which is comparable to a typical seeing (resolution limited by the air turbulence), so not surprising that the camera images look almost as good as from a larger telescope, under the same poor seeing. One needs to get to a better location (ideally at higher altitude) to see how much better a small telescope image can be, compared to this camera.
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dfphoenix wrote:
Mar 3rd, 2017 9:27 pm
I believe it.
It's 2000mm equivalent optical zoom.

My 300mm equivalent lens take photos of the moon that are about the size of the top right crater or smaller. (When the moon fills the frame in the video)
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The atmosphere turbulence is mostly because of the objects being so close to the horizon, but ya nothing amazing. A cheaper and possibly just as good experience would be a $90 to $200 mirror lens from amazon or ebay on your dslr, depending on the quality and type of mirror lens, and tripod being kind of mandatory. I also wouldn't bother unless the objects were higher in the sky and/or it were later at night when the air might be more steady, imo.
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Looks about right. I used to have a reflector telescope with 900 mm FL. I put the camera I had at the time on it along with a 2x Barlow (so effective FL becomes 1800 mm) and I got the moon's diameter being slightly bigger than the shorter dimension of a 5x7 photo. Taking pictures at first and last quarter are more interesting in any case.
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We had a 35x optical zoom canon point and shoot camera and my husband took a photo of the moon that close, just steadying it on a rock while we were out in the Egyptian white desert. It came out very detailed and sharp too. I was surprised.
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We had a 35x optical zoom canon point and shoot camera and my husband took a photo of the moon that close, just steadying it on a rock while we were out in the Egyptian white desert. It came out very detailed and sharp too. I was surprised.
The moon being quite bright shouldn't need a long exposure so detailed pic.
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