Tian HO's picture

Beginner Milky way shot and edit with 50mm f2.0

just started photographing, went for milky way shooting on top of a hill during new moon
1st photo is a merge of 3 shot
Feedback needed !!

Gear
canon 6D
canon ef 50mm f1.8
ISO 1600
F2.0
10 sec exposure

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Andrew Leman's picture

They seem a little blurry. Did you focus the lens ahead of time on something far away or did you manually focus?

Tian HO's picture

i did manual focus on the brightest star

Andrew Leman's picture

Might just be my monitor at work that's making it blurry then. I know some people tape their focus ring then focus before the sun sets.

Tian HO's picture

it was my 1st astrophotography shooting, kind of forget the tape when preparing ... and it was windy that day, so focus may shift abit

Tian HO's picture

totally have no idea if the stars are in focus or not ... basically just focus the brightest star to the smallest dot possible without chromatic aberration.

Francisco B's picture

Why wouldnt you just focus to infinity. You're using a 50mm lens.

Tian HO's picture

technically canon 50mm f1.8 (well what to expect from the cheapest lens) has infinity focus but have to find it ... + i did not bring tape when preparing for the trip so focus is shifting everywhere and i had to keep refocus it :( and it was windy that night

Regarding infinity focus: I found infinity on my kit lens and marked it with a sharpie. At night, I set the lens to manual, align the marks, and I'm good to go.

To find infinity, I auto focus on something near the horizon, switch to manual, and mark. No tape required on my kit lens... Nikon d3300 55-200mm. Okay not really a kit lens but close enough.