March 6, 2014

Stars with a point and shoot camera

This week, I spent some time Las Vegas this week for work, and had the opportunity to spend a bit of time out in Valley Of Fire State Park.  While there, I set up the Canon PowerShot S120 to capture some stars.  The first night we were out there was 1 night after the new moon, so it was good and dark.

Most of these images were shot using the star trails scene mode in the PowerShot S120.  This mode lets you set the camera to run from 10 to 90 minutes.  You can also stop it at any time during the capture.  These first 4 were done using various lengths of captures.
30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 400 - 5.2 mm

A little light painting.
30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 400 - 5.2 mm

Must have been a rabbit that jumped in front of that plane to make him swerve like that.
30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 400 - 5.2 mm

30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 400 - 5.2 mm

This was the view when I woke up.  That's Venus, the bright one.
This one was captured using the Night Scene mode.
30 Sec - f/4 - ISO 160 - 5.2 mm

This is a 90 minute stack, processed in camera with the PowerShot S120.
30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 400 - 5.2 mm

This last image was captured with the PowerShot G16.  It is a 2 hour stack of images, done in camera.
30 Sec - f/1.8 - ISO 800 - 6.1 mm

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