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 Post subject: Intervalometer - D200
PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:01 pm 
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I did a search here and couldn't find anything but since finding this site in me quest to improve my astrophotography I though I might ask the knowledgeable amongst us.

I want to use my intervalometer on my D200 to take a 30sec exposure one after the other. I have read the manual, searched the web and even got an answer from Nikon direct and nothing works. The closet I have got is for the camera to take a 25sec exposure one after the other which is ok.

So has anyone successfully used the D200 intervalometer and taken a series of 30sec exposures one after the other?

TIA for any help offered.

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if you have a laptop, you could use nikon camera control pro 2 to act as an intervalometer. http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/software/control_pro2/index.htm
there is an intervalometer within the program
its a very handy application, lets you control all aspects of the camera from the computer!

*edit* i just realized the d200 has a built in intervalometer....just did a quick search and there is a how to for the d200 and the built in intervalometer on ken rockwells site here http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d200/users-guide/menus-shooting.htm about 3/4 of the way down the page


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Hi supervillian, thanks for the response and link.

I searched his site a lot and just couldn't find this golden nugget of information. It clears up how the intervalometer works.

The problem I was having was setting a 30sec interval and a 30sec shutter speed. The D200 needed an extra 2 seconds (32sec interval) so it could transfer the shot, presumably, to the buffer. Now for startrails this would result in gaps in the trails.

What I have found is that a 26sec interval works with a 25sec shutter speed and there are no gaps in the trails.

As for the software solution, I didn't think of that. I will look into it.

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