One nice feature that some people might like in the Camera FV-5 app is a built-in intervalometer. The setting is available from the Shooting Utilities menu on the main screen (looks like a histogram/landscape image of a mountain), and within that menu, is located as the second icon from the right (next to BRK). The symbol looks like the timer icon but says INT in small letters under it.
The shooting modes available let you choose:
a. Interval + total shots i.e. how often to take a pic and how many photos in total;
b. Interval + shooting duration;
c. Interval+ playback duration i.e. if you turn it into a GIF or video;
d. Shooting + playback duration i.e. if you want to essentially later create a slow-motion or compressed video;
e. Shooting duration + the total number of shots i.e. it will figure out how often to take pics.
For AP, you’re likely to stay in the first one…how far apart to take the shots (likely low number of 1 or 2 seconds) and how many photos in total (100+ is common). Your maximum number of shots is theoretically unlimited (it let me put in 10M shots for instance), but going much above several thousand is going to suck your battery dry and eat up your memory. The interval range is between 1 and 3600 seconds (1s up to 1h).
I ran 100 shots through, but for some reason, the app set my shots on Jupiter at ISO 1000 again, basically guaranteeing an overwhelming whiteout of the planet. Stacking that 100 times doesn’t really help with that, it just makes it worse in many ways. The app just didn’t give me enough control to bypass that on the first go.
Here’s the result, compliments of AutoStakkert:
Nothing special there. But at least Camera FV-5 has the function, something a lot of other apps don’t, and a key tool that most astrophotographers need. Saves having to press the button 100 times too. 🙂