How to take pictures at night??

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Hi all,
I'm a newbie of using digital cam, and i'm just wondering how to take
good quality picture at night without using flashlight. I've seen
people using digital cam to take moon or stars pics, and i want to do
that too... can anyone help me??
thank you very much

Jack
 
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jackw@ualberta.ca wrote:

> I'm a newbie of using digital cam, and i'm just wondering how to take
> good quality picture at night without using flashlight. I've seen
> people using digital cam to take moon or stars pics, and i want to do
> that too... can anyone help me??

A good quality one, eh? You appear to be a demanding sort, so only the
best for you!

http://www.sbig.com/sbwhtmls/large_format_cameras.htm

http://www.takahashiamerica.com/EM500.htm

http://www.takahashiamerica.com/TOA130.htm

I would recommend Astro-Physics equipment

http://www.astro-physics.com/

over the Tak's, but you appear to be in a hurry and Astro-Physics has a
long, long, waiting list.
 
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I'm having Nikon Coolpix 4200. So what do I need to change the Camera
setting in order to take pics at night??
 
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wow... those are very helpful websites!!! thank you very much...
 
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jackw@ualberta.ca wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm a newbie of using digital cam, and i'm just wondering how to take
> good quality picture at night without using flashlight. I've seen
> people using digital cam to take moon or stars pics, and i want to do
> that too... can anyone help me??
> thank you very much
>
> Jack

What camera do you have ?

The camera's capabilities make a difference. Some
point-n-shoots only give you a maximum of a second
or so exposure time. This isn't good enough.

The number *ONE* rule is to use a tripod.
 
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jackw@ualberta.ca wrote:
> I'm having Nikon Coolpix 4200. So what do I need to change the Camera
> setting in order to take pics at night??
>

No sarcasm intended, but have you checked the manual to see if the
subject is covered there? If not, then your camera may not be suitable
for such demanding photos. Generally, you will need a good solid
tripod, and some way to control the noise that becomes a problem with
long exposures at high ISO settings. I really suspect you will find
that model not quite up to the task.


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<jackw@ualberta.ca> wrote in message
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> I'm having Nikon Coolpix 4200. So what do I need to change the Camera
> setting in order to take pics at night??
>
It depends on what the subject. A shot of the moon won't require anything
special (except perhaps a magnifying glass). Pictures of the starts can
take between 10 seconds and 30 minutes.
So, it all depends.
Jim
 
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Jim Townsend wrote:
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> The number *ONE* rule is to use a tripod.

... and perhaps the number *TWO* is to use the noise reduction feature of
your camera for exposures longer than a couple of seconds.

David
 
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how to use the magnifying glass with a digital cam??? where should i
put it?? and how to set it up?
 
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