Blurry Star Trails Over Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Blurry Star Trails Over Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to post this one, because it’s out of focus. But, I decided to post it anyway, to ask for any advice from anyone who shoots star trails with this camera.

I used my Sony Nex 5T, and I did my best to set focus by auto-focusing on some far away lights across the lake, using the focus-peaking on the screen.

I have successfully done star trails before, with a point and shoot canon and the chdk scripts. The problem is, this camera does not have any kind of easy infinity-focus like my old point-and-shoot does. So, any advice on focusing on stars?

Also, I used the timelapse app. The longest exposure it seems to allow is 30 seconds, and I’d rather do something longer. There’s a bulb mode which I haven’t tried, but I don’t see how to automate that with a timelapse type thing.

There IS a Star Trails app for this camera, but the reason I didn’t use it is that the description says it only produces a video of star trails, and does NOT save the separate frames for you to process into a star trails photo.

I also have since gotten a Sony a6000, which is similar, but has an optical viewfinder – does that help with nighttime infinity focus?

The problem with travel is you only get one try, so this is what I got. But hopefully I can try to perfect this technique closer to home.

Posted by (Jessica) on 2016-02-21 21:44:33

Tagged: , Star trails , Guatemala , Out of focus , Blurry , Night sky , Starstax , Lake Atitlán , Sony alpha , Sony Nex 5T , Mirrorless , Focus , Sony , Volcano , timestack , timelapse






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