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all are single, non composited, un stacked images

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Great nightscape images. Can you share how you captured them?
Sure, I normally use iso1250, f2.0, 30 secs . For the shots taken during twilight I go down to iso 1000, f/2.8.
The images look fuzzier here I dont know why, but they are printable with no noise to 24inches. I have not tried bigger though.
 

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I normally shoot with guys using full frame and some apsc cameras. Im surprised that for night photos, my shots seem to come out consistently brighter with this setup. Even if I use similar settings (ie stop down the Laowa, same ss and iso), my shots still look brighter from the camera lcd's. I dont know if its the lens; or maybe the smaller photosites of the mft sensor are actually more light sensitive (smaller=easier to activate?), but it was a really peculiar yet very encouraging finding.
 

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I normally shoot with guys using full frame and some apsc cameras. Im surprised that for night photos, my shots seem to come out consistently brighter with this setup. Even if I use similar settings (ie stop down the Laowa, same ss and iso), my shots still look brighter from the camera lcd's. I dont know if its the lens; or maybe the smaller photosites of the mft sensor are actually more light sensitive (smaller=easier to activate?), but it was a really peculiar yet very encouraging finding.
It might actually be that the LCD is brighter... this is not a good thing IMO, as it kills your night vision.
 

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Higher T-stop on your lens then?
could be, the actual t stop of the laowa could be the same as its printed f stop.
although I wouldn't discount what I said about the smaller photo sites of an mft sensor as the cause. An astrographer friend of mine said there are many dedicated mft astro cameras except that they are liquid cooled. So it could be that, as long as you can control noise from sensor heat /gain the mft sensor may indeed be quite good for Astro
 

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Here are some startrails with the Laowa and the Oly OMD em5ii
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Wow, these are very nice :2thumbs: It might cause me to get my old tired ass out of bed and go and try some night-scapes. Thanks for posting.
Thank you, one of the main reasons for me posting and sharing these is to encourage other people to try and think out of the box. Conventional 'wisdom' teaches us that mft is not good for Astro; that you can't take a Milky close to sunrise ;that you shouldn't shoot the Milky when the moon is out ;that your last chance to take a Milky is astronomical twilight etc etc. These images break those 'rukes' and more. So I encourage everyone to just try and experiment you lose nothing anyways by doing so - well maybe a little sleep
 

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The first one is wicked!
So cool.
thanks that image was taken deep into nautical twilight and you can clearly see the rising sun's brightness on the left. From where I'm from this is considered an almost impossible shot because of how bright the sky gets at this time
 

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Thank you, one of the main reasons for me posting and sharing these is to encourage other people to try and think out of the box. Conventional 'wisdom' teaches us that mft is not good for Astro; that you can't take a Milky close to sunrise ;that you shouldn't shoot the Milky when the moon is out ;that your last chance to take a Milky is astronomical twilight etc etc. These images break those 'rukes' and more. So I encourage everyone to just try and experiment you lose nothing anyways by doing so - well maybe a little sleep
I always thought Milky Way landscapes were better with some moon lighting the landscape anyway - without it the landscape ends up too dark.
 

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I always thought Milky Way landscapes were better with some moon lighting the landscape anyway - without it the landscape ends up too dark.
The usual way of going about this is to do some diffuse light painting. For example the lighthouse above is light painted using diffuse light. But I find moonlight to produce a more aesthetically pleasing light.
 

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How far away were you (in kilometers or the time you took driving) from the nearest town (that could've impacted the nightsky)?
 
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