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So I'm trying to use a Nikon 1 V1 (yes I know it's an ancient camera!) for taking long exposure photos of the night sky. I have a wide angle lens and have set the mode to M; using a remote in 'time' mode I can take long-exposure pictures inside in the light fine, but when I go outside, point the camera at the night sky and press the remote the shutter doesn't open (all I get is a little red outline box on the screen). I think the camera thinks there isn't enough light. How do I force it to open the shutter?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you using Manual exposure or Manual focus? You need to use both Manual exposure and Manual focus. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 22, 2023 at 14:12

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The red box means the camera cannot confirm focus. In modes AF-S and AF-A the shutter will not release unless the camera believes it is in focus.

Use focus lock (focus/recompose), or another focus mode. AF-F, AF-C, and Manual allow shutter release without focus confirmation.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Great, I'll try that! Thanks \$\endgroup\$ Mar 23, 2023 at 20:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ @calyptorhynchus, if it works, consider accepting this answer as a better way to say thanks. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Mar 26, 2023 at 7:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure, haven't had a chance to try it yet (cloudy nights). \$\endgroup\$ Mar 27, 2023 at 8:45

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