Astro Photo Question (trying this forum)...

Started Sep 28, 2022 | Questions thread
curiousmike1300 Senior Member • Posts: 1,237
I would rent an f/1.8

I have used the 14-30 for a few snaps for MW, but used the 20 and 35 tracked for more detail.

The 14-30 at 8 seconds? That would not give me results I would want.

If you could rent the 20mm f1/.8 you will get much better results.

If you could put that on a cheap MoveShootMove, you will get much much better results.

A variety of tracked and non-tracked images from the 20 and 35.

Below is a blend from the 24-70 f2.8 and my 35 f1/.8

A single tracked 20mm for 30 seconds

John Retsal wrote:

[ I asked this over on the Astrophotography forum and got zero replies ]

I'm going to try my hand at some wide-field Milky Way photography.

Camera is Nikon Z6II with the Z 14-30 f/4 lens.

Location has Bortle 2 skies (for those who know what that means), so pretty dark.

I'd be shooting at 14mm and maybe 20mm, wide open at f/4 tripod mounted, no tracking and VR off.

I'm pretty sure I need to keep my exposure times (per the NPF rule) to around 11 sec for 14mm and 8 sec for 20mm in order to have no trailing visible.

What I'm unsure about are other settings such as ISO (taking into consideration the camera's ISO Invariance) and white balance.

And a bonus question, is there any advantage in shooting in b/w in terms of the quality of the images?

Thanks all!

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