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So my wife and I have had this Nikon D3100 for a few years and Ive always wanted to shoot the stars. I finally got to do that while out hunting this weekend. I think it turned out well!

 

 

Jeep is my buddies. I was trying to focus on Orion and M42 Nebula.

 

 

38545449354_36a3a69293_c.jpgclose jeep stars by Jason Montes, on Flickr

 

 

38545449214_3e0d726693_c.jpgJeep Stars by Jason Montes, on Flickr

 

 

27477593089_bf2d5ae170_c.jpgtrees stars by Jason Montes, on Flickr

 

 

27477593199_ddfd86c5cb_c.jpgstars 1 by Jason Montes, on Flickr

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that last one is starting to show some trails, but otherwise very nice crisp shots IMO!

 

 

i've been wanting a newer pocket camera for a while. one of my requirements is that the sensor be large enough to capture some Milky Way shots. we travel to so many remote places with great "dark sky", i figure i should be able to get some great images with the right camera and a little practice.

 

this photo came from an article on lonelyspeck.com about using large-sensor point-n-shoots for this purpose:

 

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This one also came out great! Started to trail a little though. I think I also got a plane or something in the lower right side.

 

39332193841_047fde3894_z.jpgSky by Jason Montes, on Flickr

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I’d go with a UFO.

 

Nice pictures. AZ is definately a great place for star gazing or pictures.

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nice!

 

are you shooting raw? what processing/editing software are you using?

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Yes these are RAW, turned into jpegs.

 

This was edited with my phone!

 

I dont have any software at the moment on PC/MAC. I took 2 years of graphic design and learned on Photoshop 7. Im assuming that version is ancient by now!

 

Ill have to start looking at different ones, got one to recommend?

 

I can see myself getting carried away with this new hobby!

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Search for Affinity Photo. Much cheaper (and IMO better) than Adobe Cloud. Check-out dpreview.com for a review if it.

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Awesome pics!. Been chatting with a buddy of mine that shoots lava flow photos in HI, and he's been giving me pointers on shooting star/landscape photos with my Nikon D3400. Once I am moved completely I am looking forward to getting out and doing some shoots. Will share my photos here.

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I found the best advice on Ken Rockwell's site. Here's some examples

 

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Shot with Nikon D750 with a Tokin 17mm manual focus lense (bought used for < $200) on a tripod. I don't like the autofocus lenses for this work. Rough area was f3.5-f5.6 , ISO 5000, 20sec exposure , the star trail shot was 45 minutes at ISO800.

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