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TBF

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TBF Registered since 24th Apr 2012
Fri 10-Aug-12 08:08 PM

This weekend the peak of the Perseid meteor shower will provide a great opportunity to get photos of the night sky with a conjunction of the waning crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter and, with some luck, a meteor trail or two. Here is a link to the event itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=106ne66KAuw

Now if someone with some experience with the photographic perameters as they apply specifically to the capabilities of the 5100 could give us a tip sheet, I would be a happy boy. (I know a manual camera and film would be more suited to the job, but lets go with 5100 for now.)

Wed. night I saw a grand fireball streak across the Eastern sky, trailing sparks, fragments and a filmy green tail: not even holding a camera, though I might have been frozen by the sight even if I had been. Tips anyone? Tom Forker

ctdrummer

Southern CT, US
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#1. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#2. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Fri 10-Aug-12 08:33 PM | edited Fri 10-Aug-12 08:35 PM by JosephK

I have tried this a few times, and might again this weekend. There is not really anything camera specific.

Tripod
Remote release
wide-ish angle lens

Focus can be a bit tricky. Using f/4 to f/5.6 to get a reasonable DOF for error purposes, I would focus manually on the stars if auto-focus does not work.

Set the camera in manual exposure mode for say, 20 second shutter speed and f/4. Adjust the ISO to get the exposure right.

I would recommend turning off any long-exposure noise reduction.

(When I get home I will check the settings of my previous outing.)

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#3. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 1

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Fri 10-Aug-12 10:06 PM

There is also some good info in a thread in our Landscape forum:
http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=162&topic_id=67631&mesg_id=67631&page=

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

TBF

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#4. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 2

TBF Registered since 24th Apr 2012
Fri 10-Aug-12 11:43 PM

Thanks for sending me along those link trails: I particularly like the idea of using the intervalometer to automate (though randomizing) the process. Tom

cwils02

HIXSON, US
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#5. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 2

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2012
Sun 12-Aug-12 11:12 PM

>
>Focus can be a bit tricky. Using f/4 to f/5.6 to get a
>reasonable DOF for error purposes, I would focus manually on
>the stars if auto-focus does not work.
>
>Set the camera in manual exposure mode for say, 20 second
>shutter speed and f/4. Adjust the ISO to get the exposure
>right.
>

Why would you not set focus manually to infinity?

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TBF

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#6. "RE: Perseid meteor shower photos" | In response to Reply # 5

TBF Registered since 24th Apr 2012
Sun 12-Aug-12 11:34 PM

Unlike manual focus lenses, most, if not all, AF lenses do not have a positive infinity stop so turning the focusing ring to the end point will not necessarily focus the lens on infinity. It may include that if the aperture is small enough. Tom

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