Stun­ning starscapes


Digital Camera World - - SHOOT THE STARS - The more re­mote the lo­ca­tion, the more the Milky Way and other stars will be vis­i­ble.

he arc of the Milky Way is one of the most dra­matic and strik­ing sights vis­i­ble in the night sky at any lat­i­tude. But if you live in a town, city, or any­where af­fected by light pol­lu­tion the first chal­lenge is find­ing a lo­ca­tion where the sky is dark enough to see it clearly. Here are four tips that can help... Once you’ve found the cor­rect area, you need to frame and fo­cus on the stars. Us­ing Live View and set­ting a very high ISO set­ting can help, but it will be dif­fi­cult in any dark sky site. The most re­li­able method is to ar­rive at the lo­ca­tion be­fore dark, set the fo­cus on the most dis­tant ob­ject, and plan your com­po­si­tion be­fore the light dis­ap­pears. You’ll have to wait un­til at least an hour or two after sun­set to start tak­ing your images. lens, 600/20 is 30 seconds. I find that us­ing this fig­ure pro­duces some star trails, so I’d sug­gest us­ing a fig­ure of 300, giv­ing a shut­ter speed of 15 seconds with the same lens. There will still be some move­ment vis­i­ble at 100%

Be­low A wide-an­gle, wide-aper­ture lens like this 20mm f/2.8 model is ideal for starscapes.

Tri­pod Re­mote re­lease

kit list: starscapes You will need… Cam­era ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing ISO 1,600 to 3,200 Wide-an­gle, wide-aper­ture lens

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