>>3295284>You need to give your eyes time to adjust with NO bright lights in view AT ALL. This includes your fucking phone and the LCD on your fucking camera.
(Not the guy you're replying to)
Half agree. Joining the army was a shitty decision for the most part. Having said that, light discipline and remote locations for training exercises have made for some amazing opportunities for astro shots.
The part is disagree with is the no screens part. I use my phone, laptop, illuminated radio and camera LCD more out field than I do at home because it's fucking boring and as long as it's not blindingly bright, you're not going to impact your night vision. The only time it would, is if it were too cloudy/dark to even see the stars.>>3295108
Wait until there's no visible moon or ideally very little (but if it's behind you, you can use it to light the bottom half of your shot), and shoot at high ISO, as wide as you can without the stars turning to big blurry blobs (or you can shoop them later) and use your LV + 10x zoom (or whatever non canon gets) and manual focus until the stars are in focus.
Then use the 500/600 rule for shutter speed.
500 or 600 divided by the focal length.
500/24 = 20.8
20 sec exposure should give no visible star trails. If you're shooting a crop, you'd divide by the equivalent focal length. (or just divide that first exposure by the crop factor)
Humidity and pollution are also going to make it a little harder for you.
If you're shooting stars with no land in the shot, very high ISO and stacking in PS makes it incredibly easy. Safer to get it right in camera though.