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Old 5th August 2015
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Milky Way photography - advice please

I'll be staying in rural North Yorkshire for a few days next month and would like to take a photo of (some of) the Milky Way.

From what I've read, using a 17mm F1.8 lens, I'd need an exposure of ~15s at ISO3200 or possibly ISO5000. (Using any longer exposure would lead to star trails becoming noticeable).

Before going to the expense of hiring a lens from Ian, I'd appreciate opinions on whether it is worth trying this with my E-M1, or is it's long exposure sensor noise performance unsuitable?

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Re: Milky Way photography - advice please

I did some star (not particularly the Milky Way) photography on Lundy a couple of weeks ago. Used the 12-40 f2.8 wide open at 1600 ISO at a max exposure time of 30 seconds. Yes they were a bit noisy but cleanable. The big plus with the EM1 is the Live Bulb feature where you can see the image develop on the rear screen. This was invaluable when using a torch to illuminate the building I was shooting. Although the articulated screen is fine for landscape images, I really would like the versatility of the E3 fully movable screen. I hope that the mk2 version has this facility.

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Re: Milky Way photography - advice please

I tried this late at night in Cyprus last year. I thought it would work well because the sun is further below the horizon at that latitude and also that far south I figured we were nearer the Milky Way.

I used the 12mm f2 wide open and about 20 seconds. The results were poor though, mainly due to local light pollution interacting with the humidity from the sea. Lesson learned I guess.

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Re: Milky Way photography - advice please

Good thing you are not going this month, the shots would be covered in meteorite trails.

Best of luck, hope you get and will show us the results.


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