Improving astrophotography tips

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LukasHaydukas New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Darker skies and higher ISOs

ToxicTabasco wrote:

If you're getting that result with 400 ISO, chances are the sky isn't dark enough. If you want better night sky landscapes, the sky needs to be darker for more stars. And if you seek the milky way, it will need to be real dark on the horizon depending on where you shoot from.

In the Southern hemisphere you can get good milky way shots as the core of the milky way is above the horizon. However, in the US and other locations above the equator, you'll need real dark skies, as the core of the milky way will be on the horizon.

At any rate, the base line settings for a dark night sky landscape of the milky way should be f/1.8 at 3200 ISO at 15mm equivalent using 13 second shutter. Most new DSLRs and mirrlorless can achieve good results with this base line exposure set up.

Single shot from a time lapse with D5500 and Rokinon

Below, a multi shot, multi row panorama shot with Lumix G9 (micro 4/3 sensor) at f/2.8, 3200 ISO, 13 seconds exposure.

IF non milky way shots is your goal, you can get by with less ISO in brighter sky conditions. This next shot was done during a sunrise with less ISO. And the Milky Way was barely visible.

Another key to getting more dynamic shots is, add in a low power LED light to enhance your foreground for more detail and color.

Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck on your night sky landscape adventures.

Ahh I love that shot of the Grand Canyon, and I never realized that people have been using low power LED lights for the foreground... Are there any that you can suggest?

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