With modern digital cameras is it relatively easy to get decent startrail-images. Instead of taking one long exposure one can take many shorter exposures and combine them in Photoshop using layers in “lighten”-modus.
The big advantage is that the background heaven will stay as dark as on the single exposures.
My procedure: When visual observing with my 12” dobsonion style Newton telescope I usually can’t resist taking some startrails. I put my Canon 10D on a tripod with a wide angle lens at maximum aperture. Camera is set to ISO 400 at an exposure time of 30s.
To start the exposures I put the camera in “continous drive”-mode and lock the cable release. Usually the camera is capable to take 3 frames a second, now however it takes one frame every 30 seconds
Tilt-shift miniature style photos are pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs.
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