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Forum: Pentax K-1 08-11-2018, 12:30 PM  
Astro Tracer Failure?
Posted By MaineNative
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I have the K-1. The Slow Shutter Speed NR is in capture menu 2 at the bottom. Like you, I get impatient. I turn off the NR when using Astrotracer and I think I still get decent shots.

During the noise reduction period, if you look in the upper left of the top LCD display, you will see the countdown of the time remaining and a blinking nr on the right. It is hard to see because the display does not light up, but it gives you confidence the camera is not dead. The counter also helps with that patience thing to prove time is actually moving... (The counter also runs during the exposure.)

---------- Post added 08-11-18 at 12:50 PM ----------

Update... just by accident, I discovered if you are in the Bulb mode with the countdown timer runnng, you DO NOT get the countdown timer in the top display.

This was a mode added during one of the firmware updates. It is intended for intentionally shooting star trails. In Manual exposure mode the longest exposure time is 30 seconds. Using the timer in bulb mode you can go up to 20 minutes, but the Astrotracer function stays off. The camera does appear dead in this case.

Getting the timer in bulb mode is a little tricky... You can get the timer by starting in bulb mode with Astrotracer on, pressing info and turning off Astrotracer on the info screen and exiting with the menu button.

So if you want Astrotracer, make sure the screen is showing the maximum exposure time below the ISO on the back of the camera in bulb mode. If not, turn on Astrotracer on the info screen. If you dont get a count down on the top, you are not in Astrotracer mode.
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