A&P shooting meteors with a D60

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  1. Ukraine Train

    Ukraine Train New Member

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    There's supposed to be a pretty good meteor shower tonight and I want to try to get some shots. Most sites I've searched say to use an exposure between 15 and 30 seconds but I've read (I think on OT) that a D60 is not meant to stay open that long because heat from the sensor will distort the image. Do you guys have any suggestions? I'm using the 18-55mm kit lens. I live in the suburbs... hopefully it gets dark enough.
     
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    Now that I think about it... maybe it's at 30 MINUTES that it gets too hot, not 30 SECONDS.
     
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    Its temp will rise and you'll get more noise, but I'm pretty sure there won't be any damage to the camera. I'd set it to shoot 30 seconds to a couple minutes at a time and you'll likely catch a few meteors. I saw several last night while working on my observatory late. The best time to view them will be after mid night though.
     
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    Yeah, I read the peak will be around 6AM so I'm just going to get up early for work and give it a try.
     
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    I used my D40x for a ton of nighttime long-exposure shots, the photos got more and more noisy as shutter speed went beyond 30sec but it was always manageable in PP. I think the D60 has the same "generation" of CCD as the D40x (it may be newer, but I think I remember hearing the ISO performance was similar or the same) so I doubt you'll have many problems :dunno:

    Most of my night shots were during the cooler months though, so I've kind of wondered if the ambient temp had any cooling effect on the sensor. . .
     
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    Yes cold ambient temps will result in noticeably cleaner images.
     
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    Too cloudy today... I missed out.
     
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    D40/D40x/D60 all used the same sensor, the only change was the self cleaning stuff etc that the D60 offered.
     

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