How to Take Photos of the Milky Way

Taking a photo of the Milky Way may seem beyond the capabilities of an entry-level DSLR camera, after all, it is our galaxy and not just some familiar subject like the moon or the Sun. In this article I’ll walk you through some of the most important things you need to know in order to capture a photo of the Milky Way.

Image was taken at around 4 am on March 8, 2014, using only a Canon 600D and an 18-55 mm kit lens (Coron, Palawan)

The Milky Way is a very *very* faint target. It is so faint that it could easily get lost in the sky glow caused by city lights or even overpowered by the seemingly faint moonlight . To capture a target as faint as the Milky Way, photos must be shot from a place that is really *really* dark. Dark, not in a sense that there are no ambient lights, but “dark” in a sense that there is very minimal light pollution. A trip to a nearby province may be enough to offer the conditions suitable for this purpose. Milky Way enthusiasts usually travel to dark-sky sites to avoid city’s light pollution and schedule imaging sessions when the moon is not visible. Read more.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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