Ungert Photography

Shooting stars in the summer and what i learned from it #Ulog2

Decided to spend a week at friends summer-house near Tartu, where the whole small town is built around the observatory. Quiet and mostly with low light pollution, it was one of the best places in Estonia to shoot stars in summer.


center of milky way galaxy and Tartu-Tõravere Meteorological Station


tartu weather station
Weather station with center of Milky way galaxy


When I was done with camera set-up, the telescope turned on and directed itself to Milky way


telescope and milky way
Tartu observatory and outer side of the Milky way galaxy


On Other side of the telescope, you can see what it was investigating


Center of Milky way galaxy
Center of Milky way galaxy


Wanted to try some light painting with bike flash, but it was too damn dark to position me to the center of telescope. That’s the closest I got 🙂 Next time I’LL use my portable flash so it will catch less movement and get sharper shot of the model


Small telescopes
Small telescopes near Tartu observatory
This was my first try on capturing night sky and i’ve learned a lot! I’d list them here for readers not to repeat my mistakes


  • Use highest ISO possible(not max, highest that doesn’t have too much noise). For my Canon 6D it was ISO-6400
  • Don’t focus to infinity, turn back the notch just a little bit.
  • If possible don’t use wide aperture, my f/2.5 didn’t keep everything crispy and sharp. Next time I’ll turn it up one step.
  • Make panoramas for WOW effect.
  • Dont go over 30 sec shutter, it will leave trails. Best results were with 25-28 sec
  • Lightroom has a Dehaze slider, use it to make stars pop up even more 🙂
  • Don’t drink and/or smoke grass !!!





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