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  1. #11
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Quote Originally Posted by homeless_dingo View Post
    Thats the thing i dont know how to set exposure on the camera. I just played with the settings and i dont know what they mean but i put the ISO to 100 i put one dial to 15" and the other dial to f2.8, also used manual focus and focused to just before infinity.

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    Have a look at the Education Forum on this site.

    In particular the Exposure Triangle post, the third one down.

    Taking star shots certainly needs you to be in (M) Manual mode and set Shutter speed , Aperture and ISO according to what you want to achieve.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    google "star shots p900".

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/pups_pleasure/


  3. #13
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Taken in Upstate NY in Sept.
    Very dark area. Light pollution will certainly ruin a good photo.
    ISO 1250
    15 sec. exposure
    f/3.5

    Help with astrophotography P900-stars1a.jpg

  4. #14
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Help with astrophotography P900
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveL54 View Post
    Taken in Upstate NY in Sept.
    Very dark area. Light pollution will certainly ruin a good photo.
    ISO 1250
    15 sec. exposure
    f/3.5

    Help with astrophotography P900-stars1a.jpg
    But how do i set how long the exposure is i cant find exposure on my p900

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  5. #15
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Quote Originally Posted by homeless_dingo View Post
    But how do i set how long the exposure is i cant find exposure on my p900

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    I know how to adjust the f not that i know what it means and i can adjust the other dial that has settings like lowest 15" higest 1/2000 i think i have no idea what they mean and i have read my manual back to front

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  6. #16
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    @homeless_dingo The "f" is how big or small the aperture is opened to allow more or less light into the camera. A higher "f" value means that the "hole" is smaller allowing less light to get into your camera to the sensor. The lower the f value the larger the "hole" allowing more light into your camera sensor. These are f-stop values. The other value you are talking about (15" to 1/2000) is the shutter speed setting. It is how long the shutter is open when you take a picture. 15" is 15 seconds, 1/2000 is 1/2000th of a second. A long exposure would be 15 seconds. f 3.5 would be a large "hole" to allow more light in.

    The one thing you didn't mention is ISO. The higher the number, the faster the light can be utilized by the camera (this is simple terms). I would suggest that you do some Google research on the "Exposure Triangle" which involves aperture setting (f-stop), shutter speed, and ISO. It should help to clear things up for you.
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  7. #17
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Quote Originally Posted by cwgrizz View Post
    @homeless_dingo The "f" is how big or small the aperture is opened to allow more or less light into the camera. A higher "f" value means that the "hole" is smaller allowing less light to get into your camera to the sensor. The lower the f value the larger the "hole" allowing more light into your camera sensor. These are f-stop values. The other value you are talking about (15" to 1/2000) is the shutter speed setting. It is how long the shutter is open when you take a picture. 15" is 15 seconds, 1/2000 is 1/2000th of a second. A long exposure would be 15 seconds. f 3.5 would be a large "hole" to allow more light in.

    The one thing you didn't mention is ISO. The higher the number, the faster the light can be utilized by the camera (this is simple terms). I would suggest that you do some Google research on the "Exposure Triangle" which involves aperture setting (f-stop), shutter speed, and ISO. It should help to clear things up for you.
    Thank you so much mate. Very descriptive ill let everyone know how i go next time i get a clear night

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  8. #18
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Shooting star photos for you is just going to be a bunch of dots for the most part. Unless you can get to dark sky somewhere and set up properly to shoot the milky way. Other than the moon the milky way is about the only thing worth shooting.

    You are going to have to drive a bit north of Melbourne like all the way to Wanganella to get dark enough to shoot the Milky Way. I live in Alabama, US and the nearest true Dark Sky for me was 1600 miles away.




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  9. #19
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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    @homeless_dingo It just so happens that Nikon has a little help for shooting moon shots with the P900

    Check it out HERE
    Walt

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    Re: Help with astrophotography P900

    Help with astrophotography P900
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    Shooting star photos for you is just going to be a bunch of dots for the most part. Unless you can get to dark sky somewhere and set up properly to shoot the milky way. Other than the moon the milky way is about the only thing worth shooting.

    You are going to have to drive a bit north of Melbourne like all the way to Wanganella to get dark enough to shoot the Milky Way. I live in Alabama, US and the nearest true Dark Sky for me was 1600 miles away.



    The whole southern part of Alabama is perfect for astrophotography. Go between mobile and montgomery.
    Dark Sky Finder





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