My first time shooting the stars was a memorable event. I've always been facinated by stars. My childhood room was plastered with constellation, galaxy and astronomy posters. I even had the main constellations replicated in glow-n-the-dark stars on the slanted ceiling above my bed. I was seriously into stars. So much so, that I only alloted a small 6x6" piece of wall for Matt Damon.
The sky in Jacksonhole, Wyoming was glittering with shooting starts, satellites, planets, & the Milky Way. I have never seen a sky so packed with twinkling lights.
I was lucky enough to be guided by a group of pros at the ANPW including Martin Gisbourne & Scott Stulberg who'd both had experience shooting the stars.
I shot this photo on Richard’s Canon 1D Mark III with the excellent tutorship of Scott Stulberg because my little Xti at ISO1600 just couldn’t hack it. You really need a high ISO for this kind of shooting. And the bigger your view finder is the better. I couldn’t see a lick out of mine.
Also, buy one of those head lamp flashlight so you can see. Cuz mounting a camera on a tripod or switching CF cards in the dark is not a good idea.
Oh and dress warm cuz you get so chilly waiting for those 30s exposures.