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03-22-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Interval shooting

I tried out using the interval shooting mode on my K5 last night to take a series of 30sec star images which I intend to stack using Image Stacker (not used this yet). I set the camera to take 60 images and gave a 10 second interval for each to allow the camera time to write the image using jpg.

After the first image I counted a 10 second pause, next it dropped to around 7 seconds. After about 10 images interval timing stopped working. I adjusted the time interval shorter and a bit longer and got similar results except it took less images on shorter times and more on longer.

Anyone else have experience of using this mode and had any problems. I am guessing it's to do with writing to memory but I was able to sit with the camera and just trigger the shots using my remote at only a few seconds interval without any issues.

03-22-2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Yet again I find that if I had read the forum a bit more closely I would have found the solution in the K-5 for Astrophotography thread by Skymist (many thanks, most useful).

It turns out that the activation intervals are not intervals between shots but between shutter activations. Hence I should have used an interval of at least 31 seconds for my 30 second exposures. The reason for the short number of exposures was that the camera was jumping exposures.

Have to hope for another clear night tonight to have another go.
03-22-2012, 05:38 AM   #3
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I was out last night trying get some pictures of Orion. I use an old universal TV remote that I programmed to trip my K-5 shutter. By setting the camera to "wireless continuous" mode, the camera will snap picture after picture without waiting.

Good luck

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