First astrophotography attempt!

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    hello everyone! This is my first time using a forum so bear with me :)
    I went to blue ridge observatory and star park last night to try Astrophotography for the first time. I’m also a complete beginner and new to photography. I was wondering if anyone could give me feedback and tips on how to get the best astrophotography shots possible :) I often see images with galaxies and nebulas shining bright and dominating the picture. How do I get these shots? Is it through editing or can you capture these in camera?
    I’ve included 4 photos, the first 3 have no editing whatsoever but the last is slightly edited. What could I have done to make these shots better? Thank you all!

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    I’ve slightly edited the contrast and exposure of this photo.


     
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    By the last image, you've got boat-loads of light pollution. What you're trying to emulate was probably taken in an area known for lack of such pollution.... truly dark skies.
     
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    Thank you for the reply :) I’ll have a look into that book :) I’ll see if they do a digital copy as I’m currently travelling and can’t carry too many things.
     
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    The last photo was taken just after sunset so it was still pretty light I was just experimenting :) I’m heading to the Pogue Pickett dark sky park this week to try get better shots :)
     
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    You might consider purchasing a motorized camera mount to counter the earths rotation. This would allow much longer exposures.
     
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    At the moment I’m travelling the world for a year so I can’t afford or carry much equipment with me. I currently have a dslr camera and basic tripod. I’m hoping to take good nightscape and astrophotography shots with the equipment I have and learn as I go. But I’ll definitely be looking into more advanced gear as I progress :) thank you :)
     
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    Not having a tracking mount limits the exposure time you can use to make the stars points of light rather than streaks of light.
    As lens focal length increases the shorter an exposure needs to be to prevent star trails.
    So we get the longest possible exposure without star trails with short (wide angle) focal lengths.
     
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    What camera and lens are you using? I can give you a starting point from there. Light pollution can make night photos tough but you can also try using it creatively. Keep in mind some of the images you see are composite images where the foreground and shy are shot separately.
     
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    Or you can try doing star trails. Those don't require a fancy camera mount.
    How to take great photos of star trails | EarthSky.org
     

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