This is one of my first attempts at astrophotography. Terry sent
me a link to a webpage about this type of photography because
he thought it might be something I would be interested in, and
he was right. I was surprised at how easy this is to do. The
following are the camera settings I used to capture these stars
in the night sky on December 2nd.
- Program Mode - Set to Manual.
- Autofocus - Turn off, or set to Manual.
- White Balance - Set to Daylight or use a
- custom white balance (especially if your
- camera is modified).
- Drive - Set to One Shot.
- ISO - This is discussed in detail in a following section,
- but generally should be set to 1600 or 800 for long
- exposure deep-sky astrophotos.
- Metering - Generally doesn't matter, but you can try
- setting it to Spot if you are shooting the Moon or Sun
- (with proper filtration)
- Exposure Compensation - Set to Zero, no exposure
- compensation. Doesn't really matter because you are
- not using autoexposure.
- Shutter Speed - Set to the exposure you want, up to
- 30 seconds can usually be dialed in directly. For longer
- than 30 seconds, set to Bulb. On some cameras, Bulb
- may be a separate exposure mode setting, or it may be
- accessed on the shutter speed dial past the 30 second
- Self Timer - If you don't have a remote release, you
- can use the camera's self-timer to trip the shutter so
- you don't have to touch the camera, which will help
- reduce vibrations and possible star trailing.