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So ... I've been playing peek a boo with the moon this morning as I found there was a possibility of it being visible in the  lovely bits of blue morning sky .... and it was... periodically But then found I had no idea what my camera settings ought to be for daylight shots once i'd got myself setup on my scope..😂


Can someone give me some pointers? Pleasey 🤩


I'm using Backyard nikon on my laptop



OK I had a bit of (non moon ) blue sky to play with so I tried to work it out for myself.  The attached photo is of what I THINK is going to be getting something useful when/if the moon comes back  from its hiding place.. So the settings were Shutter 1/1600, Aperture f14, ISO 1600...  To my untrained eye that looks to be a reasonable starting place.. but 

What do you think?


Is this me being on the right track ?🤔


I've saved these settings in the app to recall them next the moon pops up in daylight  (maybe tomoz)


Would you believe there's a whole window full of blue sky -just where the moon isn't...  Where the moon is is just a white out of bulbous spoil sports..😤 - I bet you would believe it!🤣

dalight sky camera settings.png

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You may have heard of the "sunny f/16 rule" for estimating daylight exposures? It means using reciprocal of ISO at f/16 in full sunshine. Less often heard is the "loony (or lunar) f/11 rule" which works similarly. So, say f/11 at 1/200th with ISO 200. As with most "rules" in photography, it's an indication not an actual rule! Looks like you weren't too far off.

EDIT: since you're exposing for the moon, it makes no difference if it's day or night (unless your background matters but you'd then need to "fiddle it" somehow, fill-flash/stacked/multi-shot or whatever).

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