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I am trying my hand at telephoto astrophotography using my

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I am trying my hand at telephoto astrophotography using my Pentax *ist DSLR camera. However, I am finding that even a single long exposures of 4-5 minutes completely depletes my fresh AA alkaline batteries. Considering that I can go a year or so on these same batteries doing normal photography, let's just say that I'm shocked by them being completely drained by a single long exposure.
Is there long-lasting batteries that will work decidedly better for my purpose, or do you think that there might be a problem with my camera?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Hi there John and welcome

This is one of the drawbacks of long exposure, it drains the battery as its basically taking a photos constantly for the time you are doing this. It is not a fault with this camera, all cameras suffer from this. The strength of the batteries will not help.

What I suggest is get a pack of rechargeable batteries with a charge and use these instead. Take a number of these and then you can switch batteries and then recharge in order to take a number of long exposure shots. But it is just one of the disadvantages of long exposure. It really makes the camera work hard as its processing all the images and that takes the power out of the batteries.

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