suggest manual lens for milky way

Started Jun 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Astrophotographer 10
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Re: suggest manual lens for milky way
In reply to nevercat, Jun 21, 2013

Lens wide open, ISO to maximum (I think its 12800) turn focus peaking off- its only distracting. Point to the brightest star, use magnified live view and use the LCD. You should be able to see a bright enough star like that. That is what I use with my Nex 6. I sometimes use the EVF but the LCD is fine.

Alternatively point towards a distant light source if there is one nearby and focus on that. Or focus during the day and tape the focus ring so it doesn't move or put a bit of tape where infinity focus is so you simply line up the tape marks at night.

That lens looks good wideopen. That is unusual. Most have coma or bad chromatic aberration so you would be better off persisting with that lens.

Besides another lens won't help you if its also F2.8.


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