Tips on hot to do a star trails shot.

Started Nov 3, 2012 | Questions thread
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Peteo Senior Member • Posts: 1,848
Tips on hot to do a star trails shot.

I'm heading to camp tonight and hoping to get a night shot of the starts circling over the camp at night. Camera is a K5 so I'm looking for advise on how to set it up correctly.

Here's what I'm thinking so please tell me where I'm wrong or need to make changes.

  • Mount camera on tripod firmly.
  • Bulb mode with remote shutter release with lock feature.
  • Thinking of 18-135 lens, or possible 50mm with 1.7 so it can be more open. Is the 50mm a better choice?
  • Fresh charged battery.
  • Length of time. Is two hours enough to get star trails?
  • Do I need to worry about the camera over heating or anything odd?
  • What's the best aperture and ISO setting?

Thanks for any advise.


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