In the Philippines, the Milky Way is most prominent in the sky during months of March to May each year, visible to the unaided eye in the southeastern horizon at around 1 to 3 am.
Any DSLR camera or smartphone with good camera may be used to photograph the Milky Way. To capture the Milky Way:
- Set the lens’ focal length to wide-field (18 mm). Milky way is a large target.
- Set the exposure time to 30 seconds.
- Set the aperture to widest opening (f/1.8).
- Set the ISO value to maximum (ISO 3200).
- Turn off the camera’s flash.
- Attach the camera to a tripod.
- Set the focus to manual mode.
- Focus on a distant target such as a star.
- Use the app Stellarium to find the Milky Way.
- Turn on the camera’s time-delay feature.
- When ready, press the shutter to take a photo.
Related link: DIY Sky Tracker
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