Timelapse Animations of the night sky

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The basic idea is very simple, just take a sequence of images that capture enough light in each image and then play them back at anywhere between 15 to 30 frames per second - so you end up with a speed up time reality movie of that night. To do this you are best to have a lens that gathers light very quickly (atleast f/2.8, even wider is better) and a camera that performs well when used at high ISO's.

In this example I am using a 24mm f/1.4 lens with a 20 second exposure ISO 3200 - with the drive on the camera set to continuous and then a basic on/off type remote keeping the camera on all night, when used in this way the camera will just keep taking photo after photo until either: your battery goes flat, the memory card space runs out, or you turn the camera off. looking East over Lake Tekapo as the center of our milkyway rises

See other timelapse animations of the Tekapo night sky