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Take shot with lens cover closed?

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Offline Davo

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Take shot with lens cover closed?
« on: 15 / October / 2013, 07:54:48 »
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Is it possible to take a shot with the lens cover closed?

I need to take some shots for astronomy called 'darks' which usually entails covering the lens with a cap. With a remote control camera it would be much easier if I could do this using the built-in cover.

On my A810 it looks like the cover opens automatically when the lens extends so it is probably mechanical and not controllable.

As an alternative, is it possible to take a shot in Playback mode when the lens is retracted?

Dave

Re: Take shot with lens cover closed?
« Reply #1 on: 15 / October / 2013, 07:57:35 »
Take a look at the closeshutter() function here :

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Meteor_Intervalometer_with_Dark_Frame_Management

I think it will do what you want
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Re: Take shot with lens cover closed?
« Reply #2 on: 15 / October / 2013, 09:42:38 »
Take a look at the closeshutter() function here :

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Meteor_Intervalometer_with_Dark_Frame_Management

I think it will do what you want

Amazing! I asked the question more in hope than expectation. I should have known that CHDK would be able to do it.

Thanks again
Dave

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Re: Take shot with lens cover closed?
« Reply #3 on: 15 / October / 2013, 10:15:06 »
Amazing! I asked the question more in hope than expectation. I should have known that CHDK would be able to do it.
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Re: Take shot with lens cover closed?
« Reply #4 on: 15 / October / 2013, 11:12:55 »
There is also a forum thread for more basics: http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=5822.0

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Re: Take shot with lens cover closed?
« Reply #5 on: 24 / October / 2013, 08:53:50 »
Here is a first test of the closed shutter idea on the Pleiades star cluster. I shot for an hour with automatic dark and biased frames and processed the results in Deep Sky Stacker and StarTools. Pretty neat for a £50 camera I think - the star colors are pretty good. Next up is to try and tease out some of the nebulosity.


 

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