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charlielemley@gmail.com

Nikon Z50 support please!

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I raised this topic yesterday on CN, and Guylain suggested that I post here.  I just bought a Nikon Z50 with the Ha modification by LifePixel. I assumed it would be a few months before I could use it on BackyardNIKON, but I also assumed that I could use an intervalometer in the meantime.  I was shocked to find that there is no place to connect an intervalometer.  I spoke to our regional Nikon rep, who actually thought I was wrong until he looked at one of them, and Nikon customer support seems not to have thought about it.  Anyway, this ratchets up the urgency of getting support for the Z50 on BackyardNIKON.  I know it’s a lot to ask for one camera, but LifePixel is actively marketing this camera now, so with any luck there will be plenty of others by the time the update is available. FWIW, I really like the camera, and while I’m no expert, the Ha sensitivity seems to be really strong.  All I need now is a way to really put it to use!

Thanks much

Charlie

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I just download the Nikon SDK for the Z50, it was released only 2 weeks ago :)

I'll try to recompile BYN with that SDK and hopefully I'll have something to upload in a few days. 

Regards,

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It's interesting that LifePixel would offer (and already be performing) Astro Mods on a Camera Model that (until just a few weeks ago) had neither SDK nor Intervalometer support.

Maybe LifePixel has "Insider News"...

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You're a life saver! I only had about 5 minutes of battery life left when I saw your message, but it connected to the Z50 immediately and it took several long exposures without a hitch.  I haven't tried Frame & Focus or anything yet, but I'm hoping to use it for a few hours tomorrow night if the weather permits.  I'll let you know how everything goes then, but frankly, I'm happy just to have the imaging part working so well.  Thanks so much for getting this out so quickly.  I was beginning to think I'd be stuck with 30-second exposures for a few months, and that would suck given that this is my first astro-modified camera.

Thanks again

Charlie

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