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Astrophotography can be a real challenge. Good photos of the moon depend on several factors. The first of which is atmospheric conditions. (Above - Nikon D4s and 1000mm f/5.6 lens - 500mm f/4 with a non AF-S doubler - manual focus only - 1/1600 second - ISO 800)
ABOVE - 500mm f/11 - 1/50 second - ISO 320 The issue with shooting the moon as it rises is the atmosphere is thicker at an angle - therefore there is a greater chance of experiencing atmospheric distortion such as ripple from temperature rising in the distance.
To get my BIG MOON SHOT - I waited until around 10pm - 3 hours after the moon had risen - and I shot the image hand-held. I used a Komera doubler (all manual) with my Nikon 500mm f/4 lens.
The shoot above was taken in January 2016 - I just happened to see the moon rising over some clouds outside my studio's large sliding glass door... so I took the shot from the floor of my studio. I used the same camera and lens - without the doubler.
For most astrophotography - hand held photography is impossible because of the length of the exposure - but the moon is the second brightest object in the sky (next to the sun) - and it is easy to get amazing moon photos hand held - IF you are able to hold such heavy and large lenses steady.
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My dad has a telescope that is bigger than I am and is always dragging it out to the driveway. For the supermoon he got some surprisingly good shots with his iPhone, but I'm sending him this so he can be SUPER jealous of your lens!
It's a great lens for sure, but telescopes rule.