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Astrophotography Time-lapse Quick Tips

Astrophotography Time-lapse Quick Tips

Amazing photo by  David Kingham

Amazing photo by David Kingham

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Auto power off

Disable it

from CanonUSA

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Image review

Turn it off

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Shots Remaining & Battery

Make sure you have plenty of both

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Focus Mode

Set it to MF for manual

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To infinity and...

Initially set focus to infinity mark

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Live Mode

Use it to fine-tune focus (infinity mark can't be trusted)

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Manual Mode

Don't be afraid

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Manual Settings

press the "quick" button

Use the Lonely Speck's Milky Way Exposure Calculator

https://www.lonelyspeck.com/milky-way-exposure-calculator/

E.g. Canon 7D Mark II with Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art:

Camera Sensor Size:  APS-C
Max ISO:  16000
Lens Focal Length (mm):  18
Lens minimum f/number:  1.8

Result:

Shutter Speed:  19 seconds
f/number:  f/1.8
ISO:  1600

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Time-lapse

Set "No. of shots" to "00" Unlimited

Once set, do NOT shut off camera

from Photography Bay

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When to Shoot

Check out this calendar of events

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Where to Shoot

Use this map to find dark places

If you happen to live near Denver, CO

  1. Chief Hosa - 20 min from Golden, CO

  2. Buffalo Overlook - 10 min from Golden, CO

  3. Golden Gate Canyon Panorama Point - 40 min from Golden, CO

  4. Golden Gate Canyon Mystery - 25 min from Golden, CO

  5. Clear Creek Canyon - 15 min from Golden, CO

If you happen to be in the market for a new lens

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LensCategoryMfgMin Focal LengthMax Focal LengthSensorImprove Photo. Category RankWhat Photo. Gear Category RankAmazon StarsAmazon ReviewsCostReview NotesNotes
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8Wide-Angle ZoomSigma1835APS-C2/23/44.4364$749Give this lens a close consideration if you’re looking for a versatile, fast-aperture zoom for an APS-C sized sensor.Probably good focal range for landscape shooting
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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8Ultra-Wide ZoomTokina1116APS-C4/42/44.2251$399The Tokina.. is the ultra-wide zoom I have seen used most often for APS-C size camera sensors, and for good reason...Newer version: Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8
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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art PrimeSigma3535APS-C1.5/21/44.4269$869Best Standard Prime Lens

...also available in Google Sheets

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