Coron’s Pristine Night Sky

Coron’s night sky is probably the best sky I have seen to date. There is no hint of sky glow caused by light pollution. You could see stars from horizon to horizon. The Milky Way is visible even just outside our hotel. To get a better view, we asked a guide to accompany us atop a small hill in Coron. It was impressive to see the Milky Way in a pristine night sky. Here are some photos taken during our visit in Coron, Palawan in 2014.

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Related link: How To Take Photos of the Milky Way

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© Anthony Urbano | Manila, Philippines

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3 thoughts on “Coron’s Pristine Night Sky”

  1. Wow really? yes sir akin yan. try ko kase last week pero alang magandang lumabas heheh meron bang kylangan na required setup? or kylangan kong e modify ung cam ko like your other article?

    Thanks sa info talaga sir.. na inganyo na ako nito :)

    1. No modification needed, straight from the box makakacapture ka na ng Milky Way. Follow these steps:
      1. Set the lens’ focal length to wide-field (e.g., 18 mm).
      2. Set the camera’s exposure time to 30 seconds.
      3. Set the lens’ f-ratio (or f-stop/f-value) to its lowest value (set to widest opening of the iris to accommodate more light, e.g., f/1.8 is more preferred than f/10).
      4. Set the camera’s ISO value to moderate. I usually shoot at ISO 1600.
      5. Check that the camera’s flash remains off.
      6. Attach your camera to a tripod and make sure that it is sturdy and does not shake easily.
      7. Since the camera’s auto-focus function will not work in this case, you need to set the camera’s focus to manual mode. You can do this by toggling a switch on the side of the camera’s lens (consult the camera’s manual).
      8. Set the lens’ focus to infinity. Since the Milky Way is too faint, set the focus using a brighter target (e.g., any bright star). Turn the focus ring clockwise or counterclockwise (consult the camera’s manual) to bring any bright star into focus. You may need to look through the view finder first to roughly focus onto a star and then use the camera’s electronic display (e.g., LiveVeiw) to achieve a more precise focus.
      9. Point the camera to the general direction of the Milky Way (use star maps).
      10. Turn on the camera’s time-delay feature to avoid shaking (10-second delay will do).
      11. When ready, press the shutter to take your shot. In this case, the camera will expose for 30 seconds. During exposure, you must not allow any stray light to reach the camera’s sensor, and certainly not allow the camera to move or shake. You may need to shoot several times for proper framing.
      Good luck!

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