Shooting starry night?

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Gordon W
Gordon W Veteran Member • Posts: 4,045
Re: Shooting starry night?

PerL wrote:

I am thinking about shooting the stars tonight, however I have never done it before. Anything special to think about?

I like to shoot the galactic core of the Milky Way and this is the procedure I follow...

You need...

A clear dark sky, ideal on the night of the new moon, but a week before and after a new moon is still manageable.

A digital camera with manual controls (or a film camera if a tracking mount is used)

Manual focus (on my lower-end cameras Autofocus won’t focus on the night sky)

Manual exposure

Wide angle lens (28mm and wider is best)

Remote release or self-timer

A tripod (ideally, with a tracking mount), or

Keep exposure as short as possible to limit star trails (15 seconds, no more than 30)

Highest usable ISO

Fast lens (f2.8 or faster)


Sensor size as large as possible

Headlamp (LED headlamp with a red “night vision” mode preferred) or Flashlight

Auto White Balance

This is my gallery of Milky Way photos that were shot mostly with a Panasonic FZ1000 and some with a Canon 60D and Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens.

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Regards, Gordon
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