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#1 Sbiriguda

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:59 PM

Hello everybody this is my first post

I have no idea of how to start and I don't even know if I have the right gear...very likely not

Anyway I would like to take some pictures to the moon or the stars to get a first idea on how to use the proper settings and which equipment I might need to purchase or photography skills I might have to develop

My setup is:

 

1) Nikon D3100

2) Unknowk lenses (will check)

3) camera remote control with bulb function etc.

4) tripod - the "Weifeng" type here (Italy) marketed under the brand Andoer

 

Do you have a tutorial you would suggest on how to set the camera: time exposure and other settings?

Or maybe you might want to give me some first rough suggestions

Thanks

 



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:04 PM

Trevor Jones has a website called AstroBackyard that has some tutorials you may be interested in.

 

https://astrobackyar...trophotography/

 

Scroll down to just past half way on this page to "Choosing the right exposure" for your application. (Of course read the whole page also later.)

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:12 PM

Hello everybody this is my first post

I have no idea of how to start and I don't even know if I have the right gear...very likely not

Anyway I would like to take some pictures to the moon or the stars to get a first idea on how to use the proper settings and which equipment I might need to purchase or photography skills I might have to develop

My setup is:

 

1) Nikon D3100

2) Unknowk lenses (will check)

3) camera remote control with bulb function etc.

4) tripod - the "Weifeng" type here (Italy) marketed under the brand Andoer

 

Do you have a tutorial you would suggest on how to set the camera: time exposure and other settings?

Or maybe you might want to give me some first rough suggestions

Thanks

You can get many answers from this book.  It's a download, but not free.

 

http://www.astropix....bgda/index.html

 

Your equipment is fine, the book will show you how to use it.  The author is a member here, and very experienced and competent.



#4 Sbiriguda

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 12:06 PM

Tonight they say there will be a particularly bright moon here (northern Italy), perhaps the brightest this year. The weather conditions are perfect

I will give a try to the settings I found on the AstroBackyard site you suggested, that is:

 

Focal lenght:          18 mm

Focus:                    Manual

White balance:       Auto

Aperture:                f/4

ISO:                       1600

Exposure lenght:    25 Seconds


Edited by Sbiriguda, 19 February 2019 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2019 - 12:16 PM

Those setting are more for DSO/Milky Way images and not for the moon ...

 

if you have a longer focal length lens like an 85 mm that would be better as the moon will be. Fairly small at 18mm. Aperture probably 1 stop or so above wide open.

 

 

full moon is extremely bright so exposure times more like 1/2,500 sec or 1/3,200 sec is more appropriate.  ISO 1,600 or 3,200

 

a 25 sec exposure of the full moon will result is a very bright white circle in the sky & that’s it..... smile.gif


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#6 Sbiriguda

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 02:53 PM

Hahahaha
Thank you so much


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