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Old 27th December 2011
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Re: Star Trail Photography

Hi Steve, if you don't mind, I would be interested to know which brand/model you had, that did not do as expected?!
I was about to present myself with the "Pixel TW-282/UC1 LCD Timer" for christmas. Cancled that deal though but think I will go for it soon. In fact, I need to order it tomorrow if I want it to arrive in time for any of the New Years fireworks
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Re: Star Trail Photography

It was a Trust brand (such as this one: http://bit.ly/t0pR43 - though not from this vendor).... to be honest, the brand seems almost irrelevant as they all look fairly identical. The first one I received didn't work (shutter fired when in half-press mode) and I convinced myself there was a slightly bent pin in the Olympus multi-connector. The vendor sent a replacement (and paid return postage for the "faulty" device), but the replacement had exactly the same symptoms.

After getting the responses in this thread, I got motivated enough to re-investigate the remote. Further testing confirms that there is a defect in the design... I can half-press/full-press via the multi-connector with a cheapo non-timer remote, and also by "hot wiring" with jumpers, but the timer remote just doesn't do the job, even when used as a non-timer remote without batteries (as it should - documented in the manual). When batteries are fitted, it fires the shutter on a half-press - this is without trying the timer at all. I even tried switching the half-press/full-press connections in case they were mis-wired, but the display on the camera went blank when I plugged it in!

Now I'm in a quandary - do I try a different cheapo (such as this http://bit.ly/sPDW0V) or bite the bullet and spring for a Hahnel Giga T Pro? Even this isn't straightforward as there is now a II version of this, but the Olympus one is proving hard to find.

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Re: Star Trail Photography

There is a free program (for 32-bit windows) available at http://www.startrails.de/ that does the job of combining a set of JPEGs using lighten-only blending mode and it can also do dark frame subtraction. Using this program saves a lot of time on the computer! Also it means you can shoot without using "noise reduction" just keep the lens cap in place for the first and last exposures, to use for the dark frames.

I used a cheap electronic timer gizmo bought through eBay.

This was about 45 minutes using 40sec exposures f/4 and ISO 200.

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Re: Star Trail Photography

nice one
how did you set up your gizmo...continuous shooting?
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Re: Star Trail Photography

My gizmo was a JJC thing similar to this (I think)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Timer-Remo...-/200482599157

For this shot I used to gizmo to fire the shutter every 90 seconds on a 40s manual exposure using noise reduction. This was before I came across the startrails program. You can see the trails are dashed because the shutter is closed for half the time.
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Re: Star Trail Photography

E-620, 12-60 @ 12 f2.8, ISO 400, 108 60sec shots in startrails.de with a frame blended with screen mode.
Its better than film
A helicopter, a meteor and a little aurora...and shed load of light pollution

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