Here are two guides how to take night sky photos.
- a digital camera with manual controls.
- tripod for steady shooting on long exposure times.
- a dark place with few ambient light sources.
The sensor on the HS25EXR is not sufficiently effective. We cannot see on the LCD display screen the stars which our eyes see with no trouble. we cannot easily align the camera to a particular star! Our second night is a Failure. but we shall keep trying.
Manual focusing is difficult with the HS25EXR camera. We shall simply set the cam to f/2.8.
All right, Here is our plan: Take a series of 5 images of the same sky with same camera settings: ISO 1600 or higher, f/2.8(1.0x setting), 2 seconds exposure each. Afterwards, stack the images with the GIMP software.
For instructions using the GIMP software, please visit http://astroblogger.blogspot.com/2010/04/using-gimp-for-astrophotography-part-1.html.
We hope we sill succeed in the following weeks!