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cornishrobb
8th February 2010, 09:50 AM
Hi Chaps, with my E-420 what the blazez do I need to take pictures of STARS? I tried with the Oly lens and it wouldn't take so I put my 500 mirror lens on, nothing but BLACK
What do I need please

Robb:cool:

snaarman
8th February 2010, 10:45 AM
Hi Chaps, with my E-420 what the blazez do I need to take pictures of STARS? I tried with the Oly lens and it wouldn't take so I put my 500 mirror lens on, nothing but BLACK
What do I need please

Robb:cool:

Aha. Difficult but here goes:

Camera on Tripod.
Set the camera to Manual exposure (M on the top dial)
Set the ISO to (say) 400
Start by setting the exposure to several of seconds (this will show 3" in the viewfinder - not 3 that means 1/3 second)
Focus your mirror lens manually
Fire the shutter and see what you get :-)

You may need to go beyond 10 seconds for stars I guess.

Photographing the moon is a whole different thing however - as it is so bright :-)

Hope this helps

Pete

Mickyjoe
8th February 2010, 04:40 PM
i agree with snaarman. have a look at this, give you some info.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/asthwto/TriAst.htm

Mickyjoe
16th February 2010, 02:01 PM
here is my first try at astrophotography. used E-420 and kit lens 14-42. i need to do better, but my first time is good i think.

i used ISO 400 and 15sec exposure. i done so many and this one is the best of the bunch. its all trial and error..as long as you have a starting point, the rest will fall into place with practice. its all fun remember that *chr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickyjoeblue/4349747002/

cornishrobb
16th February 2010, 06:43 PM
Thanks Micky, better that wat I've done lol lol I've bought a 600 mirror lens now all i'm looking for is a clear sky :-)
now it's raining :-( can't win can I

crimbo
16th February 2010, 08:32 PM
Nice first step...are you using raw capture? Do try ISO 1600. for a fixed camera with minimal trailing try
exposure = 400/focal length (for tighter tolerances try e=200/fl) in seconds
So at 14mm anywhere between 15-30 seconds

Without getting a telescope or a long lens you can spend on a mini equatorial mount and a 60 second exposure can give you

http://www.paddle.shetland.co.uk/P2133209.jpg

Also do look out for the Zodiacal Light http://www.atoptics.co.uk/fz384.htm