Star trails using the OPO!

  1. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 11, 2015

    gianlucastella , Apr 11, 2015 :
    Hi all!
    I'm kinda new to photography (I just started, I'm not good), and I'd like to take some shots to the stars as much as it's possible, the goal is to get a star trails(ish) shot.
    This is the first attempt, the plan was to keep the OPO out of the window for about 2 hours taking pictures every 30 secs, with those 30 seconds completely covered by the exposure time.
    Basically every 30 seconds a new picture was taken (and stored, of course), and that picture was taken throughout those 30 seconds.
    Unfortunately I needed to use the phone so I had to stop the process, but here's the result of like 30 shots (out of 200). Any suggestions on how to avoid those gaps between the different shots of the stars? (It should appear as a continuos line).


    I've used Camera FV-5 to take the pictures. It's got a bult-in timer and intevalometer.
    Also I was wondering if any of you knows of a way to turn of the screen during the picture taking?

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  2. Peanutbrain
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 11, 2015

    Peanutbrain , Apr 11, 2015 :
    Well the maximum time is only 64 seconds shutter time, and i made quite a good picture with 20s shutter time in total darkness (italy)

  3. Peanutbrain
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 11, 2015

  4. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 11, 2015

    gianlucastella , Apr 11, 2015 :
    I'm italian as well, but here in Turin nights aren't really dark yet, therefore using a longer exposure (given same ISO and of course aprture) would result in an extremely overexposed shot.

  5. Peanutbrain
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 11, 2015

    Peanutbrain , Apr 11, 2015 :
    Yes that is true, go to a remote spot somewhere maybe? Far away from cities etc..

  6. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 11, 2015

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  7. ricardouk
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 11, 2015

  8. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 11, 2015

  9. anatolinicolae
    Donut Apr 11, 2015

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  10. lameking91
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 11, 2015

    lameking91 , Apr 11, 2015 :
    Usually people uses ultra long exposure to capture the moment is stars in the sky hence you see the circular light trails. Not sure how long can u expose on the oneplus though, never tried.

    Oh and I think u might want to find somewhere that is away from light pollution. Means total darkness like @Peanutbrain said.

    Nonetheless great picture still. I doubt I could make it. Esp the time lapse vids

  11. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 12, 2015

    gianlucastella , Apr 12, 2015 :
    Nope. It's not a single shot taken with extra-long exposure, otherwise you wouldn't be able to see the "trails", but instead you would more likely see something like a sky. A normal sky.
    I've managed to understand and I'm currently checking my third attempt, see you later!

    And thanks.

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  12. gianlucastella
    Eclair Apr 12, 2015

  13. dominicsach
    Gingerbread Apr 12, 2015

  14. veratoloz2005
    Lollipop Apr 12, 2015

  15. pbergonzi
    KitKat Apr 12, 2015

    pbergonzi , Apr 12, 2015 :
    You're doing very well. To get rid of separate dots, one must either synthetically merge the dots in post, OR use a time-lapse that takes more frequent shots.

  16. Prats21
    Cupcake May 19, 2015

    Prats21 , May 19, 2015 :
    HI! im new here. can you please tell me how this was done? the app that u used n etc. the whole details please?

  17. AAB4K
    Jelly Bean May 19, 2015

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  18. mobographer93
    Cupcake Dec 5, 2015

    mobographer93 , Dec 5, 2015 :
    tried with ISO 800 and 20 sec exposure, and set the interval up to 20 sec and 1.20 hour capture time..after stacking them I didn't get smooth lines..there are gaps which are noticeable :(
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2015