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Nikon D5100 Settings for AP


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I've been using Allan Hall's excellent book on long exposure AP as my guide in getting into the hobby. He advises setting up a DSLR to NOT use in-camera noise reduction. When I began I did have these settings turned on and each photo was followed by about an equal time after the event in what I assumed was noise reduction. However now that I'm taking the long exposures permitted by my OAG and PH2 Guiding, I've come to realize that a 4 minute exposure is still followed by 4 minutes of grinding away! So I'm wondering if I have missed some setting in the D5100 or is this normal? I am using BYN V 2.1.1 RC3 together with ASTAP to platesolve. I also use Cartes du Ciel as my planetarium program.

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Welcome to the hobby :)

Allan Hall's is correct, in-camera noise reduction is not useful, a dark library is much more efficient.

Look like you still have in-camera noise reduction enabled.  That is the only reason for the same about of wait time between exposures.  Make sure you go through all the camera menus, some models have 2 settings.

Regards,

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