Looking to photograph stars for the first time. Need some advice on picking a good night

Started Dec 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
harry cannoli
harry cannoli Veteran Member • Posts: 5,606
Re: Moon vs no moon, see for yourself.

bondiblue wrote:

These two shots were both taken in an extremely dark area in the south island of New Zealand, at places about 2 km apart. The first is from a Panasonic LX5, the second from an LX3 a few years earlier.

In short:

With no moon a decent camera with a fast lens running to a 1 minute exposure should easily be able to record stars down to magnitude 8-9.

With the moon up, the sky is flooded with light and yes its blue, a bit like daytime; and will wash out stars fainter than magnitude 3 and most nebulae, though the Orion nebula (M42) is still visible here.

Panorama by the light of the full moon:

Night sky with no moon.

Two very nice images. Those little Pannys of yours did a fine job. Orion over the mountains looks great, a lovely shot. Curious about the second shot. Is that a single frame or did you stack and composite?

Kind regards

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