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ChrisW 20th February 2009 01:14 AM

Star Trail Photography
Has anybody tried their hand at Star Trail photography?

I came across this article on the BBC website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/conte..._feature.shtml

Here is a link to a bigger version of Mark’s star trail photo - http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/72962...327_nzish-A-LB

I tried this using an E-1 and found that I could only take 12 photos before the having to re-set the wired remote control.

Can this type of photography be done with an E-1, or should I expect to keep re-setting the remote control at the end of each set of 12 photos?

Alternatively, could this be done with an E-520, a wired remote control, or would I still be limited to 12 photos?

crimbo 20th February 2009 07:52 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Havent done any since the days of film...
In those days you just opened the shutter and walked away no limited exposures on B.
With a wide lens I would probably start with 30s exposure every 30s
I have been trying to source an intervalometer for Olympus cameras - there is a good one for the sigmasony and canikon - so you can just program your shots and walk away

Dont know why you had a 12 shot limit

brob108 20th February 2009 09:44 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
I know a pro photographer in Liverpool called Peter Carr who was commissioned to do one of these recently. He found you could use two methods, either a series of 30s exposures (and then combine them together) or one very long exposure. He used the 30s exposure method.

He had to have several goes at it and found cloud movement to be a problem. He eventually got the pic done (and just in time too!).

Here's a link to the picture on his Flickr page (which also mentions some software he used to compile the images):


ChrisW 22nd February 2009 03:21 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Just finished a wee experiment

With the E-520 set in Manual Mode, fully charged battery, F8.0, 30 second exposure, Noise Reduction off and wired remote control locked on the camera took 320 photos (for approximately 170 minutes) before running out of battery.

This should be plenty of time to get a decent series of photos to make up a star trail. All I need now is a cloud free night.

crimbo 22nd February 2009 04:29 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Rod Souter pointed me in the direction of this intervalometer

Other thing to consider is that most astro images will stand ISO 1600 as a raw capture and then developed in Capture One 4

Once the intervalometer arrives I am waiting for an auroral event....oh for clear skies ...havent even seen Comet Lulin yet!

ChrisW 22nd February 2009 05:09 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Hope you get some clear skies - looking forward to seeing your results.

snapper1609 22nd February 2009 11:40 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
I belong to a local flickr group and one of its member has some really good star trail images. Have a look at this.


I'm sorry it's not done with an Olympus!

Ellie 26th February 2009 07:14 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Don't know much about photographing star trails, but has anybody managed to get a picture of the comet?

theMusicMan 26th February 2009 07:56 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Ooooh, a comet!! Where in the sky is it Ellie, and what one is it? I used my spotting scope to see Venus last week... it was obviously Venus as it was crescent shaped.

Would love to spot the comet.

crimbo 26th February 2009 08:22 PM

Re: Star Trail Photography

Easier to see than to image I found
Comet Lulin, E400, ISO 1600 5 seconds ... lens 7" f2.5 Aero Ektar

To find a map go to the Heavens Above site

and an image at 3.2 seconds

raichea 27th December 2011 12:02 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography

Originally Posted by crimbo (Post 38353)
Rod Souter pointed me in the direction of this intervalometer.

Because this is such an old thread, the link to eBay is no use. Can anyone identify a known working intervalometer for E-series (ideally in the eBay price range)? I've tried one and it doesn't work too well... although it's supposed to support half and full press, the shutter fires on half press. Investigation leads me to believe that the thing is wired correctly, but doesn't seem to work as expected.

BTW - I couldn't keep the link active in the quote as I have insufficient posts...

Thanks, Steve.

FlemmingS 27th December 2011 07:26 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
I bought one of these:

It works fine with my E-30 and E-P3 (but I haven't done any interval shooting in Bulb or long exposure mode with it yet).

I am also waiting for a cold clear night soon, I can't wait to test my E-P3 with my old telescope :)

raichea 27th December 2011 08:42 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Thanks for the link... interesting that it's wireless too! I'm tempted even though the price is higher than I'd hoped.

Anyone have a good experience with the cheapo devices?


ChrisW 27th December 2011 10:55 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
I got one of these a couple of years ago http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Opteka-Tim...ht_3158wt_1185

Two years on and it still seems to be working okay *yes

raichea 27th December 2011 11:34 AM

Re: Star Trail Photography
Interesting... that's very similar to the device I bought (though with the multi-connector for E-4xx/5xx/6xx bodies). Although it seems to be wired correctly, a half-press causes the shutter to fire.


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