Night Sky Photography
Notes from presentation by Daniel Wong to Nelson Camera Club, 9 June 2014
Overall tips

Do your homework

Very technical and fiddly

Equipment sensitive

Knowledge of the night sky

Significant post-processing

Challenging, frustrating (think Murphy’s law) but rewarding
“Static” shots (y
our classic Milky Way shot
)

All about collecting the maximum starlight on the sensor in a short amount of time before trailing occurs

Most often is about having the heart of the Milky Way in the photo
Equipment

Equipment matters


Camera sensor

Camera modes – manual mode

Manual focus on lens

Wide angle (usually)

Large aperture (and a note on primes)

Tripod

Remote release (optional)
Where and when

Dark sites and position relative to city

Horizons

Composition – foreground interest (mountains, water, people)

Orientation

Milky Way position – Scorpio (or Sagittarius), neave.com/planetarium, many apps

Moon timing

Winter

Clear skies (or some cloud)