Neophyte seeking basic advice

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Neophyte seeking basic advice
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I took this photo on August 20th at Grand Lake, Colorado at about 9:30 PM.  It is pretty much a bit of a rushed snapshot of the milky way using my new Sony FE 24mm F1.4 lens with my Sony a7riii camera.  I say snapshot because I am just dabbling and don't really have a great idea what I am doing.  The ISO was 5000, the aperture was F2, and the exposure time was 8s.  Given this lens/body combo and location, what simple things would you recommend that I do differently to improve the photo?  Do you think that the exposure is too long?  Too short?  ISO?  Aperture?  Are the stars in focus?  Are there simple techniques for processing milky way photos in Lightroom or PS that I should be using?  One other question, is that brightest object to the left of the milky way and immediately to the left of the moving object Saturn?  Thanks in advance.  Dean

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