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Initial post: 30 Jul 2009 11:19:28 BDT
I have just purchased a Hama Star 63 tripod and RC1 remote control for my Canon EOS 450D. I intend to use them for photographing the night sky. Does anyone have any tips for the camera settings to get the best results?
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Posted on 31 Jul 2009 16:57:16 BDT
Klis says:
Well you will want a long exposure to even get stars or planets in the shot.
I recommend upwards of 30 seconds.

However, anything more than 30 seconds and you will get "star trails" as the earth is rotating. Though, im sure you knew this when you decided to delve into Astro-Photography :P

The problem with the 450D is the low ISO range, so the shots "may" not turn out as you wish :(

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2009 20:26:19 BDT
NomadUK says:
If you want to do DSLR night-sky photography, stop everything you're doing and go here: http://www.astropix.com/GADC/GADC.HTM

Then get out your credit card and buy it. This CD-ROM-based guide will tell you everything you need to know about how DSLR cameras can be used for astrophotography. (There is apparently a new guide coming out, specifically for beginners, so you could wait for that, but this one is excellent). It's a fair bit of reading, but it's essential, as taking night shots with DSLR cameras is completely different to doing so with film.

Whilst without a telescope and a clock drive you may not be able to do much deep-space photography, you will learn how to do basic sky shots, including the Moon, and even stars with or without trails, as you like.

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 22:04:54 BDT
Thank you both for your replies. Both were very helpful. I also found a recommended web address in another thread here.
Thanks again. Best wishes, Ziggy
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