What settings would be required to capture a half decent picture of the milky way on a NEX?

Started Feb 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
ikewinski
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Re: What settings would be required to capture a half decent picture of the milky way on a NEX?
In reply to vwxyz, Feb 22, 2013

I published a two-part beginner's guide to wide field astrophotography on the NEX. Part 2 is probably most useful to you. I think the general advice you've gotten here is mostly sound. I make a couple points I don't think were raised, namely the difficulty of getting a good infinity focus on emount and the necessity to double check by zooming into the preview image and never trusting what the overview image shows.

http://wildernessvagabonds.com/blog/?p=193

Right now for the western U.S., the best Milky Way views happen just before dawn, in the east as it rises along with Scorpius and Sagittarius. This photo below was taken with a NEX-5N about a week ago, using the 16mm pancake lens which has an advantage of allowing a little more light through at f/2.8. While it is my preferred wide field lens, the 18-55 works pretty well too.

You can see time lapse of this at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikewinski/8477135532/

We're nearing full moon, so it will be another week or so before I start getting this good early morning view again.

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