I appreciate the sentiment, and don't get me wrong, I will be posting questions here, but what I wanted to avoid was, a) asking basic digital photography questions that I can read about myself, b) asking questions about my specific make and model, that may not be of interest to everyone (thus monopolizing the moderator's time), and c) posting a question each day, overstaying my welcome. So, that's where I was coming from. I looked over at dslrtips.com, but, as the name states, it's more geared toward SLR cameras (and I am finding that the compact are a very different animal).
So, to start, does anyone know why I can't get a clean shot of the moon? When I hold down the focus, it gets clear for a split second, then loses focus. At this point, I don't think it's a matter of mode, since it's a focus issue.* I'm going to try to focus on a distant street light next time, and hope that it does not refocus when I pan to the moon. Even if this works, it seems like there should be a better way (ideally, I would like to avoid light polluted areas, thus, no street lights to use). Has anyone else had better luck? (also, should I be starting separate threads for these questions?) Thanks again.
* I should note: moon was close to full (very bright), and local conditions are also very bright (lots of light-posts).