Expo Time 1/500, Aperture 7.38 EV (f/12.9) ISO 3200
That's the kind of things I need to know & remember when I'm out shooting...Jim,
I guess you used a tripod or any stabilizing support (wall, rock, window, chair on table etc.)
Then you could have shoot with a much lower speed, and a wider aperture that would have let you set the ISO far lower and there would be much less noise if any…
Thank you for that. I will try it tonight.As Nicolas mentioned, there is no real need for such a small Aperture as f12.9 when you are so far away from the subject. You could open your Aperture to its widest number such as say f5.6 or f6.3 if you have a slow zoom lens - or even f8 for a tad more sharpness —- and that would mean that you can shoot at lower ISO settings or even a combination of lower ISO and faster shutter speed, if you are having problems with subject movement. Example Based on your current settings, using f6.3 would allow you to use 800ISO which would result in a lot less noise. Or if a combination f6.3 would provide the same exposure values using 1600ISO along with 1/1,000’th of a second shutter speed.
A mistake many make when wanting to shoot the moon - is in thinking it is a dark object requiring slow shutter speeds and high ISO values. The fact is that the moon is roughly the same brightness as the earth is at mid day full sun. Of course cloud or haze or other obstacles and even being obscured by an eclipse will require different settings —- but in general most people end up overexposing moon shots. This will always be the case if using Auto Exposure without Exposure Compensation, because the meter tries to compensate for the dark background by brightening the exposure value.
Personally I have never had the need to use a tripod as I can shoot the moon with a high enough shutter speed. But that is a personal preference. Hopefully you will learn how to reduce or remove the “color noise” in your processing software. That is quite distracting. Practice will help. You made a nice effort. Keep it up.