Astrophotography can be difficult. That’s why we created Arsenal 2’s Night Assist mode, which gives you some new tools on the Smart, Manual, and Timelapse screens within the app.
These are the recommendations for max focal length and aperture. Night Assist is designed for wide-field night photography (large landscapes shot with wide angle lenses, for example, full Milky Way shots), not deepsky photography (close ups on planets or nebulae, etc.).
Full Frame Cameras:
>50mm not recommended
Crop Sensor Cameras:
>35mm not recommended
Once you have confirmed your lens meets the recommendations follow the steps below to learn how to use the Night Assist feature.
1. Enable Night Assist
To access Night Assist, navigate to the Settings menu and toggle the Enable Night Assist button.
2. Get Initial Exposure
When you navigate back to the Smart, Manual, or Timelapse screens you’ll see a Night Assist dialogue box. Tap the “Get Initial Exposure” button to have Arsenal 2 take a series of calibration shots to find perfect exposure for your night scene.
After Arsenal 2 completes these Initial Exposure shots, the Live View will continue to show your last calibration shot. As you adjust the framing of your composition you can tap the Live View refresh button in the upper right corner of the screen. This allows you to see the changes you’ve made to your composition until you’ve finalized it.
Next to the refresh button is a button that allows you to begin a new night exposure calibration. This is helpful if your lighting or composition has changed dramatically. This button will tell Arsenal 2 to start the series of calibration shots again to find perfect exposure for your new shot.
3. Start a Star Focus
Focusing at night can be difficult as well, especially on tiny, distant objects like stars. If you tap on the Live View to focus on a point, Arsenal 2 begins its Star Focus assist feature that automatically takes another series of photos to find perfect focus.
After your composition is finalized and you’ve allowed Arsenal 2 to find focus on your stars, you simply tap the trigger button and Arsenal 2 will trigger a Smart or Manual shot or start your timelapse.
4. Trigger the Shutter
Press the shutter release button at the bottom of the screen to take a photo.
5. Review and Share Photos
Tap the thumbnail image in the lower right corner of the screen to preview your most recent photo. You can then swipe right to see previous shots.
To view the rest of the images in the Arsenal 2 Gallery, tap the Gallery icon in the upper right corner of the image review screen.
To share the photo tap the image you'd like to share, and click on the share icon. You can then choose your preferred destination, such as Instagram, Facebook, email, chat, or choose to save directly to your phone. When posting on social media, you can use the hashtag #withArsenal to share your photos with the Arsenal 2 community.
To save photos to your phone or the onboard Micro SD automatically set up your Photo Storage options.
Still have questions? Our friendly support team will be happy to help!