Thank you for the awesome tips. There are a few out there but yours are simply great, very clear and thorough. They work great too and make a great base for night exploration. Attached is my very first shot, taken right outside the house. I live in what they call a “starry village” in Normandy, meaning they kill all the public lights at 11 pm. The skies then only need to cooperate, which they did after a cloudy stretch. I had gotten myself a newer generation Pentax to supplement my aging DSLR, and the first thing I got for it was a OGPS1 for its Astrocer abilities which I was dying to put to the test.
The first shot is actually my very first one.
It was taken at the 11mm length of a 10-17 zoom, 60 sec exposure at , ISO 4500
The second is with the same lens, same exposure but with ISO dropped to 3200.
I noticed a trail after the fact and thought I had lucked out with a shooting star but maybe you can enlighten me on that… It is an intriguing trail of dots https:///images/
The third one is … a bunch of stars that looked pretty to me.
Taken with a prime 40mm lens at , ISO dropped to 1600 shooting straight up. https:///images/
As an Italian visitor pointed out before, if you have tips of where to go to get an educated sense of current skies those would be most welcome.
Thanks again, and I do hope you got to have some fun with the Aug 21 eclipse.
No such viewing luck here, but I had a blast following it on the NASA channel.