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Ok so I'm outside trying to get the stars and I've read somewhere before but ant find it now that there is a formula for finding the settings that allow a photo without showing star movement. I have a 50mm lens on right now. Any help would be great!
 

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Apart from the obvious, being a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter. I tend to crank the iso up as high as you can go before the noise is unacceptable, with your 50 I'd use about f2.8 and go for 15-20 second exposures. The wider you go the longer your exposure can be before you notice any star movement. I find 18mm and 45 seconds to be pretty good, anything longer and the stars begin to trail slightly.
 
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I have a good tripod and shutter release. I've been shooting at f7.1 to get more stars in focus.

Last night I got a few shots at 6 seconds without movement and loads of stars.
 

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I love taking star shots, here is one I took last week. ISO 1600, F3.5, 30 seconds, 18-55 @ 18mm.

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I love taking star shots, here is one I took last week. ISO 1600, F3.5, 30 seconds, 18-55 @ 18mm.

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I take it you are way out in the middle of nowhere?
 

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I was on the city outskirts, but up quite high above, 676 metres above to be exact. This was actually shot looking back towards the city, but the light pollution worked well as it lit the satellite dish up for me. Was a really crisp clear night which helped too. It's winter here in New Zealand at the mo.
 
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I was on the city outskirts, but up quite high above, 676 metres above to be exact. This was actually shot looking back towards the city, but the light pollution worked well as it lit the satellite dish up for me. Was a really crisp clear night which helped too. It's winter here in New Zealand at the mo.

My backyard is great for night shots without light pollution. Problem is that I don't have any cool foreground objects since its a cornfield. Lol
 

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My backyard is great for night shots without light pollution. Problem is that I don't have any cool foreground objects since its a cornfield. Lol

Wide angle lens and the milky way, a bit of camera elevation, a single pop of flash to illuminate the field from a slightly raised angle: could be an interesting photo.
 

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