Night sky photos with specific settings / astrophotography

I’ve recently recorded some photos of the stars (“astrophotography”) so I thought I’d post a few here with the various settings used. I use a Sony A6600 and all of the photos below are using a 24mm lens and were captured between 11pm and 6am. Unfortunately, as you’ll see in a few photos, the moon was bright which plays a big part on the overall brightness of the photos. Along with that, when the moon is right overhead, you might as well not even try! It will be too bright to capture the vast number of stars in the sky but when the moon is low or below the horizon, you’ll be amazed at the amount of stars showing up in your pictures.

f/1.4, exposure time 3.2 sec, ISO 640, moonlight medium
f/1.4, exposure time 1.6 sec, ISO 400, moonlight medium
f/1.4, exposure time 2 sec, ISO 1000, moonlight bright
f/1.4, exposure time 1.6 sec, ISO 1250, moonlight bright
f/1.4, exposure time 2 sec, ISO 1000, moonlight bright, city lights bright
f/1.4, exposure time 2 sec, ISO 1000, moonlight low, ambient light medium
f/1.4, exposure time 8 sec, ISO 400, moonlight low
f/1.4, exposure time 8 sec, ISO 320, moonlight medium
f/1.4, exposure time 20 sec, ISO 320, moonlight medium
f/1.4, exposure time 3.2 sec, ISO 6400, moonlight bright
f/1.4, exposure time 10 sec, ISO 320, moonlight low
f/1.4, exposure time 10 sec, ISO 320, moonlight low

I love night sky photos, so get out there and try it! Hopefully these pics along with the specific settings help you figure out how to get a great shot wherever you are.

Thanks for dropping in…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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