How to Photograph the Milky Way- Essential Tips

milky way photography tips

To take a successful shot of the Milky Way using a DSLR, you must use relatively high ISO and full openness to capture long-exposure shots. This shows more of the Milky Way Galaxy structure and color in a single image.

A successful starting point is the use of an f-stop F/2.8 to take 30-second ISO 1600 exposure. When you combine several pictures (stacking), you can produce representations of the Milky Way with a better signal and less noise.

Tips to Photograph the Milky Way

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Have you ever tried your DSLR camera to photograph the Milky Way? Your digital camera can capture much light better than our eyes can see. It’s no wonder. Therefore, amateur photography may use modest equipment to produce unbelievably accurate images of the Milky Way Galaxy.

What you need is a manual DSLR camera and a camera lens for the entry stage. A mirrorless Canon EOS Ra camera with Sigma 24mm F/1.4 camera lens captured the image seen below in Milky Way.

The Sigma 24 mm F/1.4 is a relatively inexpensive astrophotography lens collected in a single exposure in an incredible amount of light.

I would like to set your goals correctly before I go any further. My first pictures of the Milky Way did not appear that way, mostly because I shot heavily in the sky. The above picture uses four techniques to provide an amazing picture of the Milky Way:

  • A video tracking system (Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer)
  • A fast camera (Sigma 24mm F/1.4) lens.
  • Long-term (30-second) photographs in a single frame to capture more signals.
  • Stacking of the image to increase the signal to noise ratio (Photoshop)

The main advantage of a camera tracking mount over a fixed tripod is the ability to capture exposures long after 30 seconds. When the star detector is polarised correctly, photographs of 2 minutes or longer can be taken (depending on your focal length).

Pictures of each nebula or star cluster in the Milky Way galaxy can be seen in dim moonless skies. Messier objects, including M8, M17, and M20, are now glowing and glowing pink Sagittarius areas.

The Milky Way does not only mean the center of our Galaxy; it stretches to the constellation of Cygnus, the swan over and over Sagittarius. The Milky Way field is less dense, but it includes my favorite deep-sky stuff.

Recommended Filter


The Milky Way is best photographed under the pristine black lunar sky without using a filter. However, a moderate light emission filter can help if you cannot get to such a magical place.

The Optolong L-Pro is a light-emitting broadband filter, which collects natural star colors, making a perfect photograph in the Milky Way. 

The DSLR full-frame cameras edition (this one’s for Canon DSLR’s full-frame), located within the camera’s body, is also available. A broadband clip-in filter is worth considering if you want to capture photographs from the Milky Way in areas with light-polluted clouds.

You do not have to use a light pollution filter when shooting the Milky Way from a dark sky region. It is the perfect situation since the actual colors of the stars can be recorded in the heavens without adding any strange colors.


The majestic composition of the Milky Way Galaxy can be washed away by light emission. It is also crucial for you to leave behind the glitter of the city and move into a place of the dark sky. The Cherry Springs State Park is one of the darkest places I have ever been.

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