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Gregk
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What control software for a nikon camera
      #5555885 - 12/05/12 03:45 PM

Hi

Is there a shutter control software for long (bulb mode) and short exposures for a Nikon camera DSLRS?

Greg

Edited by Gregk (12/05/12 03:45 PM)


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nikao
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Gregk]
      #5555901 - 12/05/12 03:59 PM

why not just use a timer?

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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: nikao]
      #5556003 - 12/05/12 05:01 PM

Yes, http://www.store.shoestringastronomy.com/products_ds.htm makes and sells what is required for long exposures with Nikon cameras...

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TimN
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: fmhill]
      #5556163 - 12/05/12 06:38 PM

When you get that cable from shoestring you can then control your Nikon using the free program DSLR Shutter - assuming you use a laptop to control things. You can also add - for $25 - a program called TetherPro which will automatically capture your images and show them on your laptop. It has other features such as Liveview, a histogram and allows remote control of your camera. It also helps in focusing. I believe TetherPro works for all Nikons except D3000 and D3001.

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guyroch
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: fmhill]
      #5556183 - 12/05/12 06:49 PM

I'm currently working on BackyardNIK (BackyardEOS twin sister) but it's not ready yet, not for several months

You can try this software in the meantime called TetherPro. http://www.oxfordeye.co.uk/tetherPro/tetherPro.aspx

It is not purpose-built for astronomy but it is very functional.

Good luck.

Guylain


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: guyroch]
      #5556565 - 12/05/12 10:26 PM

You might look into PClix, it works pretty well and doesn't require a laptop. https://www.pclix.com/

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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Peter B]
      #5556642 - 12/05/12 11:10 PM

This is what I use.

http://www.amazon.com/NEEWER%C2%AE-MC-DC1-Remote-Commander-Control/dp/B003LRD...


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: skywolf856]
      #5556733 - 12/06/12 12:48 AM

Nikon Camera Control 2. I've had good success and like that is has the ability to view live as well as set up for an astro session with time lapse.

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Jerry Lodriguss
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: guyroch]
      #5556802 - 12/06/12 02:07 AM

Hi Guylain,

Still no way to do bulb exposures with a single USB cable on the Nikons?

Jerry


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Jerry Lodriguss]
      #5557078 - 12/06/12 08:49 AM

Still bit confused why you would want software to control your camera, when you can eliminate the usage/need for a laptop in the field by just using a timer? 28$ or something from dealextreme.. works like a charm..

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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: nikao]
      #5557147 - 12/06/12 09:38 AM

Quote:

Still bit confused why you would want software to control your camera, when you can eliminate the usage/need for a laptop in the field by just using a timer? 28$ or something from dealextreme.. works like a charm..




Everyone has a different workflow and reasoning for doing the way it feels right for them. A laptop is not for everyone and an intervalometer is not for everyone either. To each there own I guess.

Guylain


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guyroch
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Jerry Lodriguss]
      #5557155 - 12/06/12 09:42 AM

Quote:

Hi Guylain,

Still no way to do bulb exposures with a single USB cable on the Nikons?

Jerry




Hi Jerry,

I'm not sure yet. The world of Nikon is still very new to me. I just got a D7000 and a D5100 over the weekend... and a D90 is on its way. I have received my Nikon SDK last week but have not cracked it open yet so I'm not sure what is possible and not

Thanks for the heads up.

Guylain

Edited by guyroch (12/06/12 03:51 PM)


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guyroch
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: guyroch]
      #5557794 - 12/06/12 04:01 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Still bit confused why you would want software to control your camera, when you can eliminate the usage/need for a laptop in the field by just using a timer? 28$ or something from dealextreme.. works like a charm..




Everyone has a different workflow and reasoning for doing the way it feels right for them. A laptop is not for everyone and an intervalometer is not for everyone either. To each there own I guess.

Guylain




Just to add to my previous post.

There is a mountain of good reasons to use a laptop to control your camera. Automated dithering between images; software assisted focusing (and auto-focusing in some case); computer screen is bigger than the camera LCD, remote control your setup from inside on cold winter nights, instant download and reviewing of your images (while the camera is still capturing), etc...

Not to say that using an intervalometer doesn't carry its own metit, it certainly does... been there done that in the past.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

Guylain


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: nikao]
      #5557969 - 12/06/12 05:45 PM

Quote:

Still bit confused why you would want software to control your camera, when you can eliminate the usage/need for a laptop in the field by just using a timer? 28$ or something from dealextreme.. works like a charm..




There are a couple One to properly see the object that you are imaging You can see how well framed the subject is on a large screen As with nebulosity focus tool its easier to do to focus And you can also stretch the image to see if for instance your exposure time is adequate. The older I get the harder it is to croutchdown to look at a very samll screen Greg


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Gregk]
      #5560719 - 12/08/12 11:23 AM

Don't forget that a laptop is required for auto guiding, therefore as the laptop is there, use it to the max !

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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: Fred76]
      #5560791 - 12/08/12 12:13 PM

i've used gphoto2 under linux; no bulb exposures with the usb on a d40, though.

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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: guyroch]
      #5562846 - 12/09/12 05:39 PM

Quote:

I'm currently working on BackyardNIK (BackyardEOS twin sister) but it's not ready yet, not for several months

You can try this software in the meantime called TetherPro. http://www.oxfordeye.co.uk/tetherPro/tetherPro.aspx

It is not purpose-built for astronomy but it is very functional.

Good luck.

Guylain




CANT WAIT, Guylain!!
My D800 is just itching to do some creative AP with BYN!


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guyroch
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: nofxrx]
      #5562877 - 12/09/12 06:04 PM

It's your fault Brent

I bought 3 Nikons since you told me you had a D800. I now have a D90, D5100, and a D7000 to base my testing on.

Guylain.


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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: guyroch]
      #5562888 - 12/09/12 06:13 PM

LOL!!!
SORRY!!
Actually looking at adding a D7000 or D5200 to my arsenal as a backup crop body..
But honestly, the D800's 36Mp's makes even cropping extremes still VERY large images packed with pixels..i.e. an APS-C crop from a D800 still yields 15Mp!

Sorry, went OT! lol
I will gladly offer up my services and D800 for testing!
Back to the basics and beta tests after beta tests, just like last time, huh!? lol
I cant wait!


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guyroch
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Re: What control software for a nikon camera new [Re: nofxrx]
      #5562966 - 12/09/12 06:52 PM

Quote:

LOL!!!
SORRY!!
Actually looking at adding a D7000 or D5200 to my arsenal as a backup crop body..
But honestly, the D800's 36Mp's makes even cropping extremes still VERY large images packed with pixels..i.e. an APS-C crop from a D800 still yields 15Mp!

Sorry, went OT! lol
I will gladly offer up my services and D800 for testing!
Back to the basics and beta tests after beta tests, just like last time, huh!? lol
I cant wait!




You're to blame Brent for this one

Ever since you told me you had a D800 I've been thinking about BackyardNIK. I bought a D90, D5100, and a D7000 last week and I'll get to it sometime in 2013 for sure.

Guylain


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