Hello all, I own some property in upstate NY that is far away from light pollution and other light sources. It is so dark there at night that I can actually see the Milky Way without binoculars or any assistance, as well as countless numbers of stars.
I would like to capture some of this beauty, but I am not sure of the exact techniques, lenses, setup etc. Does anyone have some suggestions and ideas on the best methods for capturing the stars both still, and longer exposures with star movement ?
#1. "RE: Astrophotography with the D700" In response to Reply # 0
John -- There are dozens of books on astrophotography. You can run the gamut from shooting the milky way with a wide angle lens on a tripod and exposures up to 15 seconds or so to buying a telescope on a driven mount to follow the stars and record colors in the sky that the eye cannot begin to see even in large telescopes. If you think photgraphy is an expensive avocation, THIS is a hobby that can get REAL expensive real fast! But for the price of the camera and a good tripod you get shoot star trails, etc. Look on the Astronomy magazine and Sky & Telescope magazine web sites for ideas. The low noise of the D700 should make it an ideal camera for this. Almost all astrophotography today is actually done digitally, although their answer to noice is commonly to cool the sensor during exposure. Check the library for back issues of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope. Astronomy is a better place to start as S&T can get pretty advanced. Then enjoy!