I have tried it with a tripod and it is impossible to photograph the moon with an ordinary camera. That is because its movement across the sky becoms obvious on the image during the long exposure required. The astronomers use camera and telescope mounts that rotate one turn in a day.
Campbell Ritchie wrote:I have tried it with a tripod and it is impossible to photograph the moon with an ordinary camera...
For the moon, I took like 5 or 6 photos using a tripod and it was blurry partly because the platform where the tripod was kept on was unstable. This pic was taken with the camera in my hand, it was not long exposure.
My trick is to zoom out completely, enable the "grid" for rule of thirds in the viewfinder, keep the moon right in the middle rectangle and then zooming in slowly until the moon takes up most of the picture. If you move even slightly, you loose the moon !!! You have to zoom out and try again. You need to keep your elbow stable on some hard surface like a ledge and take a deep breath.
Stars need to have a long exposure, I tried with a 30 sec exposure and got something with extremely blurry spots that wont reveal itself even with heavy image editing
Fun fact: Although we perceive the moon to be a large object in the night sky, it's actually very tiny. The closest approximation to the size (apparent) of the full moon in the night sky is that of a regular punch hole in paper. Just take a regular paper, punch a hole in it and you can see the moon through it !!