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      07-13-2011, 10:13 PM   #705
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Tell me about it. Two more long days ahead, too.
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Got 3 to share. The last one kind of countsss...the sun was setting enough! The sun was just beginning to rise in the 2nd picture after a night out for taking pictures of the Perseid meteor shower.

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nice shots! I like the 2nd and 3rd ones.
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Sourphish, detail on lens and settings?
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I'm hoping to get a good one, drive up to 10k elevation and get the Milky Way shot with 17mm. Any suggestions for settings?
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I'm hoping to get a good one, drive up to 10k elevation and get the Milky Way shot with 17mm. Any suggestions for settings?
tripod.... F10-16 keep shutter speed kinda quick, anything over a couple seconds is going to show the earth spinning and youre going to get stars with tails

lots of trial and error, and a big smile.

oh, and use a 2 second timer or a remote trigger!
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tripod.... F10-16 keep shutter speed kinda quick, anything over a couple seconds is going to show the earth spinning and youre going to get stars with tails

lots of trial and error, and a big smile.

oh, and use a 2 second timer or a remote trigger!
f/10-16 for Milky Way shots - with a fast shutter speed?? You must have one helluva sensitive sensor. I've done a lot of this sort of shooting and to get any sort of decent rendering of the bright cloud of stars need exposures along the lines of f/1.8-2.8, ISO 1600-3200 and typically 10-20s (though sometimes with long fast lenses 5 or so sec is sufficient).

How long an exposure you can tolerate without star trailing depends on the focal length of your lens and what corner of the sky you're shooting. I usually find that I can get away with 20-25s with a 24mm lens, but no more than 4-5s with a 135 (proportional to 1/f for other focal lengths). Again though this depends on where in the sky you're shooting. Near the North Star (or Southern Cross for our Aussie brethren) the proper motion of the star field is less and you can get away with longer exposures.

For examples check out the EXIF info on this series from about a year ago: http://www.pbase.com/fvachss/australian_nightscapes

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21 degrees and it will be with a Canon EF-S 17mm F2.8 lens on a cropped body. I figured out that I should be able to get something up to about 30 seconds without too much in trails. If there is anything good I might try for 420mm+ crop or 100mm + crop.

Do you think 17mm crop lens on a crop body, wide open(2.8) and 800-1600/3200 ISO
will get me the Milky Way?
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nice shots! I like the 2nd and 3rd ones.
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1) Shot with Canon 1D III with Canon 16-35mm on it at 16mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, and 1/125. Hand held.

2) Shot with Nikon D2X with Nikon 10.5mm fisheye on it at 10.5mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, and 30 seconds. Rested the camera on top of the car haha (I miss my '95 525i) with shutter release.

3) Shot with Canon 1D IV with Canon 200mm on it at 200mm, f/5.6, ISO 100, and 1/1250. Used a tripod and shutter release.
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Do you think 17mm crop lens on a crop body, wide open(2.8) and 800-1600/3200 ISO
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You'll be close enough with that exposure to base further adjustments on your initial results. If you're up high on a dark night with a clear sky I would think that 17mm/f2.8/30s/ISO1600-3200 should give a good Milky Way rendition. If it's not full dark (i.e. if there's any moon or other source of light in the sky) then this exposure will tend to give an overbright sky back ground and it will be more difficult to see the Milky Way. So either shoot on a new moon night or wait for at least an hour after moonset (or stop an hour before moonrise).

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Crap, the moon will be up all night long but at least I'll be at 10K feet.
Thanks for that insight.
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Crap, the moon will be up all night long but at least I'll be at 10K feet.
Thanks for that insight.
You'll still be able to see/shoot the Milky Way. It's just that scattered light from the Moon will make the sky blue instead of black and wash out the Milky Way a bit. Reduce the exposure by a stop or even two if the moon is full. This is a 10s exposure from a full moon night for example - you can still see the Milky Way, just not as brightly.

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^^^^Awesome shot. Looks almost like daylight.
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Wait...what happened to the Ferris Wheel picture that was just here?
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^^^^Nice shot. Your friends did well to hold still for so long.
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Good one Panicos! Extra congrats to your friends on the left.
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haha thanks guys.thats me on the left , set the camera and run!! told them to stand still for 10 seconds, of course the girls moved a bit, especially the one in the middle..
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