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Unread 03-05-2007, 02:08 AM   #1
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Night Photography

Anyone here do night photography, star trails or astrophotography?

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ive been wanting to but i have to get a new camera that will work for that kind of photography. im going to see if i can borrow a friends so that i can.
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http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
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Unread 03-05-2007, 02:22 AM   #4
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Grewe: Did you take that? Looks pretty sweet.

I'm just using my FE2 on a big and heavy but sturdy as hell tripod. It works great, has no battery draw on bulb, very little on aperture priority, and the mirror locks up with the timer for vibration free photos. If you want to do night photography with film just get any manual SLR, a wide angle lens, tripod and remote release you can lock open. A lot of new SLRs and DSLRs don't have a mirror lock up function, or if they do its hidden in some menu and a PITA to get. They also draw on the batteries to keep the shutter open which is bad for really long (several hour) exposures.
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Ha... I wish. That's some NASA website. My homepage, actually. Picture changes every day.
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Several hours?

Dang. That's a long photo.

I've always wanted to do more night photography, but I've never been able to afford the goods.
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Unread 03-05-2007, 02:47 AM   #7
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If you shoot under a full moon the exposures are more like 4 to 10 minutes.
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I tried some night photography the other night, but I'm still waiting on my new tripod, which seems to be a must for night shots. I proped my camera up on my grill and tried to get some full moon shots, but they turned out like crap. The exposure was good, but I had the wrong lens on so all I had was a big white dot. Not to mention the clouds were really moving across the sky, so I had some big white blurs on them as well.
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I tried some night photography the other night, but I'm still waiting on my new tripod, which seems to be a must for night shots. I proped my camera up on my grill and tried to get some full moon shots, but they turned out like crap. The exposure was good, but I had the wrong lens on so all I had was a big white dot. Not to mention the clouds were really moving across the sky, so I had some big white blurs on them as well.


That's what happened with my point and shoot.




















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I'm going to play around with my N55 for night photography... I don't know how well my D70 would do since the longest I can keep the shutter open at a time is 30 seconds.
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You can easily make a star traker with basic materials. You can make a manual or motorized...

You will need a decent finder scope, however, and a good view of Polaris to align it.

http://www.jlc.net/~force5/Astro/ATM.../barndoor.html

You may even want to purchase an Equatorial mount with a clock drive if you get more into it.

High speed black and white works best, and keep it in the freezer.

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i havent taken any good ones of the night moon/sky, but there are a few good ones of the night lights, and city scape.



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I think light pollution will be your biggest issue. It is hard to do long (hours) exposures of night sky without picking up ambient light from cities.

I use both a Canon 350d (mirror lockup, remote control release) and a Ricoh XR-M 35mm SLR.
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QUOTE by jtpaintball70:"I'm going to play around with my N55 for night photography... I don't know how well my D70 would do since the longest I can keep the shutter open at a time is 30 seconds."

I have a D70, and the exposure time is infinite (battery life dependent). The 30 second exposure time is limited to the automatic feature. Exposures of more than thirty seconds require the remote. I've done a few exposures of about five minutes +. The down side is the longer the shutter is open, on the D70, the longer the processing time (and battery drain is pretty hefty). The processing time is almost as long as the exposure setting (meaning - on the shots I've taken with a five minute exposure, the processing takes about five minutes as well. So ten minutes total). While it seems like a long time to see the finished result, it is still a lot quicker, than film.

It is also easier/cheaper to make a correction (another shot) with the digital than with film, because you can see your results so much quicker without processing the film.
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Hmm... I've never tried my remote lke that. Any special settings I need to use to hold the shutter open with the remote? I'll try it tonight maybe.
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