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The Ultimate Guide To Motion Timelapse Of The Milky Way | Tutorial

By Anthony Thurston on November 15th 2014

The SLR Lounge community is full of great astrophotographers. If you need proof of that just check out the entries to our recent Night Sky Contest. If you are looking to take your astrophotography game to the next level, a logical next step is a motion timelapse of the Milky Way.

I recently came across Ian Norman’s YouTube channel, and shared a tutorial of his from earlier this year on ‘De-Fishing’ your images shot with a fisheye lens. Just last night he released his latest tutorial: a simple, but to the point, and very detailed guide to shooting motion timelapse of the Milky Way.

[REWIND: How To Process Your Milky Way Photos For Maximum Effect]

This is a rather long tutorial for YouTube, running at just over 20 minutes, but in the video, Ian takes you through the entire process from setting up your shot and choosing your settings, to setting up your motion control rig, to processing your images, and turning them into a video. It is really the ultimate guide to doing motion timelapse in one small, easy to consume package.

If you are interested in giving this a shot for yourself, you can find out more information about the Dynamic Perception motion control unit over on their website. If you are curious about the photographic gear used, you can find that listing below:

The tutorial was shot at various locations throughout Nevada and California. For more details, or to learn more about astrophotography from Ian Norman you can check out his Youtube channel or his website at

[via Ian Norman on YouTube via LonelySpeck]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jared Stewart

    Great tutorial!

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  2. Michael Moe

    This is a great tutorial for shooting Milky Way timelapses! But the best thing to learn it, is going out and shoot! You don’t need super expensive gear. Just a cheap intervalometer and a simple tripod. I took my first timelapse of the Milky Way with the kit lense – and it was an impressive experience! ;)

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  3. Chet Meyerson

    That was by far one of the most comprehensive yet easy to understand video tutorial on shooting the Milky Way stills and of course a great timelapse! Thank you!

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    Awesome great tips!!!

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  5. Jeff Morrison

    I can not wait to timelapse of the Milky Way and the night to sun rise.

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