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Setting up to take star pics

Sorry everyone, but new here and not sure if I'm even posting in the right place?

I have the Olympus EM-5. I attempted to take pics of stars but couldn't even press the shutter. I tried auto focusing on a light first before changing to manual but no joy - it just wouldn't focus.

Could anyone tell me where I'm going wrong? Also, could I use Livetime for stars?

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Hi Kate - you're very welcome here

Can you tell us which lens you are using?

I haven't tried using Livetime for stars but I don't think it's necessary. Basically, you really need to take lots of single shots (intervalometer) and then combine them afterwards. Do you use Photoshop? (if so, which version?).

Once get it right you can get results like this:



There is a thread on the subject here:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=28627

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Hi Ian,

Thank you so much for your reply.

I've only tried the once and that was using my wide angle lens - Olympus 9-18mm.

Only just starting to learn PS at college. My version at home is CS6.

Fabulous pics by the way. I would love to try that a later date, just thought I'd attempt normal shots to begin with. That's if I can press the shutter!!

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

The 9-18 is ideal and CS6 is almost the latest version of Photoshop. The E-M5, unfortunately, doesn't have an intervalometer mode although you can get gadgets to trip the shutter controlled by a smartphone (Triggertrap, for example).

But to start off with a single exposure, try 60 seconds using manual mode and set the aperture to f/8. In manual focus mode focus on the most distant object you can see and the f/8 aperture should hopefully be small enough for infinity to be in focus as well. Try using manual focus assist mode that magnifies for critical focus when focusing manually.

I'd experiment with ISO - try 200 and 400. Trial and error is the key - and don't necessarily trust the camera screen - images will look quite different on the computer sometimes.

Make sure Noise Reduction mode is on (this will repeat the exposure with the shutter closed and remove sensor noise), so if you do a minute exposure remember the camera won't be able to take another image for at least another minute.

Post some pictures here and we can help you improve!

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Hi Ian,

I was cursing Infinity also because I can't set mine to that lol.

I've printed out your instructions in case I forget and will try it out, hopefully in Anglesey in a couple of weeks time. If I manage to get any decent shots I'll post them on the site.

Thank you so much again for all your help. You're a star!

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Found this today which may help the original poster and others?

How to take beautiful photos of the night sky...

Shooting stars


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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Hi Wally,

Thank you so much for sending the info through. I'm looking forward to trying it again - just need a clear sky now!

Thank again, you're a star!

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Naturally, it's best to get away from the glow from town and city lights - the weather forecast for tonight looks good in parts of the country

I was fortunate to be in rural France when I took the example earlier in this thread, although there was also a bright moon that evening, which isn't ideal.

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Hi Ian,

Thank you again. If it's clear around here I'll try to round up a couple of friends tonight to have a go.

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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Great advice there Ian. I must have a go at something like this myself, as I haven't tried it as yet.
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Re: Setting up to take star pics

Here are 2 of mine.


12mm F2.0 on manual focus, 30 sec, ISO 200. Taken in Scotland with minimal light pollution.


50mm Zuiko F1.2, 30sec, ISO 500. Taken from the back garden and processed to remove the heavy orange light pollution.
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Re: Setting up to take star pics

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Hi Wally,

Thank you so much for sending the info through. I'm looking forward to trying it again - just need a clear sky now!

Thank again, you're a star!

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You're welcome.

Just a reminder... long exposures will require a tri-pod and when using one, you need to switch (IS) Image Stabilisation whether on (the camera - Olympus) or on (the lens - Panasonic) to the OFF position.

If using an Oly camera with a Panny lens then in normal use AFAIK use the camera IS. When using the tri-pod, ensure both the camera and the lens IS to OFF.
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