Last night was the peak of the Gemini meteorite showers and I was hoping to be able to get some nice pictures. I had my D3300 set to the following per the Stars / Galaxies/ Northern Lights cheat sheets I bought from you.
Zoom to 18mm
Manual Mode (M)
Aperture to f/3.5
Shutter speed to 30" seconds
ISO to 3200
Focus mode to AF-S
AF-Area mode to Single-point AF
Release mode to Self-timer
For some reason, I couldn't get the shutter to release. I tried several different ways to get the shutter to release (delay, IR mode, etc), but nothing worked. There was enough light out for me to focus on a distant light. Later, when I was inside, I used the same setup and was able to get the shutter to release without any problems. I had less lighting than I did outside and was focusing on an object about 25 feet away.
Any tips on how to get this to work would be appreciated.