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MatteMatt
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06/25/2018 11:17AM
I've been wanting to take some shots of the milky way (weather permitting) on my next trip. I had fairly good success last time I tried it without a sky-tracking mount, just keeping the shutter open for about 30 seconds. But I've been toying with the idea of adding one to be able to keep the shutter open a bit longer.

I've been looking between iOptron, Sky-Watcher, and possibly making my own barn door mount.

Does anyone here use a sky-tracking mount for taking nighttime long exposure shots?
 
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jeroldharter
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07/05/2018 11:42PM
I suggest you look on the Fredmiranda photography forum. Lots of good advice there.
 
MatteMatt
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07/06/2018 12:35PM
Thanks! I'll check that out.

The SkyWatcher Star Adventurer is on Amazon Deal of the Day today, so I suckered myself into buying it. Seems to have good reviews so I'm hoping it'll work out well.
 
SteveElms73
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09/26/2018 01:50PM
If you aren't using star tracking equipment you'll probably want to keep your shutter speed to the proper setting as per the 500 rule. I didn't know about this for years and wondered why a 30 second exposure wasn't giving me tac sharp stars. For my 24 mm lens I have to keep my shutter speed a under 20 seconds to avoid any star trails forming. Another thing to consider is a program like Starry Landscape Stacker. Works really well for reducing noise and getting great Milky Way shots...
 
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