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Forum: Pentax K-70 06-15-2016, 12:15 AM  
K-70 makes a difficult decision even harder
Posted By kwb
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RGlasel already gave you a good explanation for milky way thing, but let me add another thing. As far as you are at a dark site, you don't necessarily NEED a tracking mechanism like astrotracer to take a nice picture of milky way, though of course tracking helps to take a longer exposure without the stars trailing. An example of no-tracking picture of milky way is here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153029240626570&set=a.101509890243...type=3&theater

This was taken by my colleague on Canon APS-C camera (maybe 60D, I cannot remember), she didn't have any tracking whatsoever, and I believe she just put the camera on a fence on the roof or something, but you can still see the milky way.

In general, given the same exposure time, the longer the lens, the more the stars trail. Typically you use wide lens for milky way pictures, thus lesser need for tracking to take some interesting pictures.

Hope that this makes sense.
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