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    Stargazing Live - Camera Tips for a complete amateur...

    Anyone else been watching? Fantastic stuff so far imo.

    Would love to take some photos, and apparently my camera (digital compact - Fujifilm F200EXR) has some adjustable settings. Can anyone give me a guide as to what I should have...

    Aperture - F3.3 or F9
    Exposure - 1000 (I think 1/1000) to 8" - no idea what any of that means...
    ISO - 800 ish?!

    Thanks in-advance

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    The BBC has the help video from the Stargazing Live program LINK

    Though, reading your post, I`m not sure if it goes into enough detail for you. I`ll see if I can find any of the forums that I`ve seen discuss this.

    Are you planning on taking photos just with the camera, or do you have a telescope?

    EDIT - THIS is a decent forum to ask on, though I can`t find their older articles on astrophotography at the mo. Just so you know, it is hosted by a telescope company (FLO), but it`s not unduly biased towards them.

    Edited by: "Crowman" 5th Jan 2011

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    Just the camera.

    Getting a semi-decent night time shot of the sky would be good enough for me... Hope its possible...

    I am by no means an expert in this, but have also been doing some reading around because I thought it was quite interesting... just a couple of things I picked up on...
    - apparently you want an aperture around 5.6, or at least that's what the bloke on TV used with his DSLR.. if you can only select 3.3 or 9 then I'd suggest trying with both.
    - he also used ISO 1600, but again, try 800!
    - Exposure (or shutter speed if that helps) depends on the type of photo you're trying to take i suppose... a long exposure (i.e. 8 seconds) and you'll see your subject move in the frame, too fast and it might be too dark...
    - you'll definitely need a tripod

    and don't forget, it's digital, so just keep trying different settings until you get the picture you're after... there probably aren't any exact settings you need

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    and take the picture on a tripod with a card in front of the lens and remove once shutter pressed. Stops exposure shake when you press the shutter.

    csiman

    and take the picture on a tripod with a card in front of the lens and … and take the picture on a tripod with a card in front of the lens and remove once shutter pressed. Stops exposure shake when you press the shutter.



    I'd never seen that trick before the other night, my approach is to set a 2sec timer on the camera which gives the same result without the need for the card/paper

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    Crowman

    The BBC has the help video from the Stargazing Live program LINKThough, … The BBC has the help video from the Stargazing Live program LINKThough, reading your post, I`m not sure if it goes into enough detail for you. I`ll see if I can find any of the forums that I`ve seen discuss this.Are you planning on taking photos just with the camera, or do you have a telescope?EDIT - THIS is a decent forum to ask on, though I can`t find their older articles on astrophotography at the mo. Just so you know, it is hosted by a telescope company (FLO), but it`s not unduly biased towards them.



    Cheers. I'll have a gander on that forum...


    chrismarriott66

    I am by no means an expert in this, but have also been doing some reading … I am by no means an expert in this, but have also been doing some reading around because I thought it was quite interesting... just a couple of things I picked up on... - apparently you want an aperture around 5.6, or at least that's what the bloke on TV used with his DSLR.. if you can only select 3.3 or 9 then I'd suggest trying with both. - he also used ISO 1600, but again, try 800! - Exposure (or shutter speed if that helps) depends on the type of photo you're trying to take i suppose... a long exposure (i.e. 8 seconds) and you'll see your subject move in the frame, too fast and it might be too dark... - you'll definitely need a tripod :pand don't forget, it's digital, so just keep trying different settings until you get the picture you're after... there probably aren't any exact settings you need



    Thanks for having a look for me - seems good advice. I'll give 1600 a go, but I'd imagine it would come out really noisy on a compact.Looks like I'll have to play with different settings...

    csiman

    and take the picture on a tripod with a card in front of the lens and … and take the picture on a tripod with a card in front of the lens and remove once shutter pressed. Stops exposure shake when you press the shutter.



    oh yeah, forgot about the card! cheers.

    I might go and have a play tonight if the cloud disappears...

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    chrismarriott66

    I'd never seen that trick before the other night, my approach is to set a … I'd never seen that trick before the other night, my approach is to set a 2sec timer on the camera which gives the same result without the need for the card/paper



    Very smart...

    1600 might be quite noisy, but i suppose it's a landscape of the sky so you might get away with it if you don't start cropping and enlarging the image... Going to 800 will just decrease your shutter speed so it depends on whether you can get away with it or not

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    chrismarriott66

    I'd never seen that trick before the other night, my approach is to set a … I'd never seen that trick before the other night, my approach is to set a 2sec timer on the camera which gives the same result without the need for the card/paper



    I didn't get that either, pointless. I set mine to 10sec timer though just to be sure

    Can't remember the settings but the higher the ISO, the more fuzz you get. Can anyone explain the white artifacts?

    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5272328047_483692eb97_z.jpg




    Edited by: "lumoruk" 5th Jan 2011

    Your camera goes up to 8 seconds in night shot so set the camera to night shot,set ISO to 100 or auto,Use a tripod or rest the camera on something and use the self timer to avoid shake,

    http://i52.tinypic.com/120nfxy.jpg
    ISO 160
    8 sec
    F3.3
    Taken through bedroom window with my Samsung wb600

    Hot pixels, What camera is this ?.

    lumoruk

    I didn't get that either, pointless. I set mine to 10sec timer though … I didn't get that either, pointless. I set mine to 10sec timer though just to be sure :)Can't remember the settings but the higher the ISO, the more fuzz you get. Can anyone explain the white artifacts?

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    tonyg1962

    Hot pixels, What camera is this ?.



    FujiFilm S2800, yes I know it's a budget camera

    The "Hot Pixels" are just pixels on the CCD that locked in position and so produced white spots. Can happen on long exposures.
    Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 5th Jan 2011

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    CyDoNiA

    The "Hot Pixels" are just pixels on the CCD that locked in position and … The "Hot Pixels" are just pixels on the CCD that locked in position and so produced white spots. Can happen on long exposures.



    Yeah now I know the name of the problem, I did a search and even Canon suffer from it

    nzdigital.blogspot.com/200…tml
    Edited by: "lumoruk" 5th Jan 2011

    I watched this programme the other night.
    I'm not into photography, or the stars, but was glued to the TV.

    Many cameras suffer from hot pixels when taking long exposures but some cameras remove them during processing when you shoot in Night shot mode,

    as soon as the skies clear (which is tonight hopefully) i'm going to give it a whirl with my DSLR, then hopefully i'll know a bit more about which settings work and which don't

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    tonyg1962

    Many cameras suffer from hot pixels when taking long exposures but some … Many cameras suffer from hot pixels when taking long exposures but some cameras remove them during processing when you shoot in Night shot mode,



    Will try night shot mode next time then, was using custom program mode thing

    If It's clear tonight I am going to try this for the first time.

    The plough is usually pretty visible from here so will try that.

    Something it didn't mention was where/how to focus?

    sancho1983

    If It's clear tonight I am going to try this for the first time.The … If It's clear tonight I am going to try this for the first time.The plough is usually pretty visible from here so will try that.Something it didn't mention was where/how to focus?



    you will be focusing at infinity i'd guess, although I don't know how to control that on a compact... lets just hope it can autofocus!
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