Using a sub-optimal lens and inexpensive tracker
Kancamagus Illuminati - The stars sing their secrets
Location: Along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, USA.
I don't own any great lens choices for astrophotography. The two least bad options in my kit are a 16-35mm f/4 zoom and a 50mm f/1.8 prime (both Nikon). I decided to go with the 50mm stopped down to f/2.8. Also purchased an inexpensive (Nyx Tracker) motorized barn door mount to try tracking for the first time.
This image was composited using two sets of pano-stitched images at the same tripod location; one set was taken at about 8pm to capture the setting sun on the ridgeline, and the second set was taken at about 10:30pm when the sky was dark enough to capture the starfield.
Settings: 50mm · f/2.8 · 30 sec · ISO 1600
I'd love to learn and get better... any comments are welcome, thanks!