Originally Posted by mortimersnerd
This is an 8 minute exposure I did.b Nikon D5000, 18-55mm f/3.5, ISO 200. I manual focus all of my night shots since all of my lenses seem to focus past infinity for shots of stars. For longer exposures, you'll get a lot of noise in the image. The colder it is, the longer the exposure you can have, or at least that is what I have found. This shot was taken when it was below freezing.
Yep, CMOS chips get toasty after a while. Most DIY astro-photography rigs using modded dslrs add some additional cooling. I'm now awaiting an OCNer to attach a phase change unit to his/her camera.
And my contribution:
Canon 500D + 18-55mm kit lens (Insanely annoying to focus at night time, why is there no distance scale on the focus ring!?!?).
f/8, 30s, ISO 100, Shot in RAW, processed in Adobe Camera Raw.