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Best settings for Nikon D5100


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Hey guys, I currently own this camera and am a newcomer to photography. I'm keen to get stuck in and see if I can take some images with it of the night sky. Just on a tripod for starters but eventually attach it to my skywatcher reflector.

I am struggling with the settings and understanding this camera. Can anyone offer any advice?

I've heard of bulb mode but cant find it with this camera. Thank you

By the way I do have a remote shutter release device 

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I have a Nikon D5300 but not familiar with your model - I can't imagine there is a lot of difference. Bulb mode is normally selected by putting the camera into "M" (Manual) mode when you have full control over ISO, Aperture and Exposure length.

If just using a tripod stick to relatively short exposures (maybe 5 to 10 seconds) to avoid star trailing. But it really depends on the target you are after and what size scope you have. Good luck and clear skies!

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I should also have mentioned that in "M" mode you also need to take full control over FOCUS as it won't be done for you. There is quite a bit to take into account if you have not used a DSLR before. Try looking at the book "Making Every Photon Count". It's probably the best starting point for all things related to Astophotography for beginners.

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1 hour ago, janesdsg said:

Hi Rob, I have a d5100. Bulb (on mine) shows up when you increase the shutter speed to more than 30".

 

Thank you 🙂 

What typical settings do you use on the d5100 for astro?

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I'm a complete beginner at this, so not the best person to ask. Have you tried doing a search for d5100? I think I remember seeing a post where this camera was being used for shots of the Milky Way. 

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9 hours ago, janesdsg said:

I'm a complete beginner at this, so not the best person to ask. Have you tried doing a search for d5100? I think I remember seeing a post where this camera was being used for shots of the Milky Way. 

There are a few posts about this camera actually 

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