@ Squamish- where's ET? ;-)
My dopey lessons:
1) check the clock on your camera--make sure you've adjusted for daylight savings time.
2) it's hard to predict exactly where the moon will rise in your location. A few degrees off means the moon will rise over the ugly apartment complex rather than the scenic island. Be prepared to move (if your location allows it).
3) conditions change rapidly during moonrise. I started out in manual and could not keep up. Ended up shooting aperture priority, AF-S, spot metering. Focus was hit or miss. Wondering if I should've chosen AF-C.
This shot was taken two nights ago, testing settings for the supermoon:
D7000/N70-300vr: 300mm, f/8, 1/400sec, iso 100
Unfortunately, a full moon high in the sky is an entirely different proposition than one low in the sky.
D7000/N70-300vr: 300mm, f/5.6, 1/3sec, iso 3200 (darkened one stop in PP)
That's a difference of 11.5 stops!
D7000/N70-300vr: 300mm, f/5.6, 1/25sec, iso 3200
That's two stops brighter (metered on moon) than the last one in 3 minutes real time.