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Milky Way

Iíd like to have a go at shooting the Milky Way, I realise that the common understanding is that larger sensors are more suited to Astro, but hey ho, Iím going to try anyway...

I have a dark sky area in mind not too far away, and think I understand the theory (500 rule etc).

My current widest lens is the 17mm 1.8 - is this wide and fast enough? What iso can I push it to, and any m43 specific tips? Or am I wasting my time?!

Any example images youíve taken would be cool too.
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Re: Milky Way

Go for it. You are not wasting your time.

Don't believe all you read.

Definitely use a tripod.
F/1.8 is fine
Iso 800 is ok or higher say 1600/ 3200.

Great tutorial here that blows lots of the pre conceived ideas/rules (myths), applies to M4/3 as much as FF.



Look here to see whats possible.

https://www.google.com/search?q=milk...ZWGf-QXAP52AM:
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Re: Milky Way

Let us know how you get on, I'd like to photograph the milky way as well.

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Let us know how you get on, I'd like to photograph the milky way as well.

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Will do Matt. Looks like youíre from the same part of the country as me, Iím thinking of Surprise View/Over Owler Tor in the peaks, which is a dark sky area, using the Mother Cap or Beehive rocks in the foreground.
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Sounds superb, I look forward to seeing the images!


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Re: Milky Way

That's on my list as a place to go too. Good luck, tonight sounds like it could be clear.
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Re: Milky Way

There’s a lot of good locations in the area

It won’t be night photography this weekend though for me, I have plans for a sunrise over winnats and a waterfall to chase!
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Re: Milky Way

Sorry for hi-jacking your post Chris but I have a question on a similar topic. Recently I have shot the moon, using the 50-200 at full zoom the moon still looks the same size as viewing it with the naked eye, I don't understand why this would be surely the moon should look bigger if it's magnified
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Re: Milky Way

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Sorry for hi-jacking your post Chris but I have a question on a similar topic. Recently I have shot the moon, using the 50-200 at full zoom the moon still looks the same size as viewing it with the naked eye, I don't understand why this would be surely the moon should look bigger if it's magnified
It is bigger when viewed with a 200mm lens but you probably hardly notice it, your mind plays tricks and you always think it is bigger than it really is when just looking with your naked eye. The Sun and Moon are both about 0.5 degrees = 30 arc minutes in diameter.
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Re: Milky Way

Thanks Dave, my logic is if I look at the moon through say a telescope, it would look considerably larger so the effect should be the same with a lens. I don't notice too much enlargement with the 70-300 either and thought it was some setting I have wrong in the camera.
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Re: Milky Way

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Thanks Dave, my logic is if I look at the moon through say a telescope, it would look considerably larger so the effect should be the same with a lens. I don't notice too much enlargement with the 70-300 either and thought it was some setting I have wrong in the camera.
The effect is the same with a lens, but a decent telescope will have a much longer focal length than your 200mm. Even my little one is over 500mm without an eyepiece, with an eyepiece it's total can be as high as 16000mm IIRC
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Re: Milky Way

These were taken last year at a dark site in Cornwall with a very clear sky. They could do with some more processing. First is with the 12mm f2 (20 seconds) and the other 2 were taken with the Samyang fisheye (30 seconds).









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They are very nice indeed, #2 for me. Well done.
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Re: Milky Way

Nice images, I will wait until a less bright moon phase in a couple of weeks before giving it a try. There's an article in this months Outdoor Photography on the milky way, but to be honest its not at all enlightening.
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