Back when I was a beginner in photography (I mean, a real one, using auto settings and stuff), I made this shot of the beautiful Finnish sky:
Settings: 30 sec, f/5, ISO 3200, 18 mm
Gear: Nikon D60 with 18-55mm f/3.5 VR kit lens
Well, at this time I didn't know a lot about photography, and I didn't know either that I was capturing. But now I'm willing to learn more about astrophotography, and I'm wondering if I captured a bit of the Milky Way. It seems that the center area is full of stars, and you can only guess these beautiful star clouds.
But yeah, the picture is really bad. I think I used some auto settings. I'd like to know though what made it so bad? Is it because the aperture was not wide enough (I could have used f/3.5, which isn't awesome, but still better than f/5), so that I couldn't capture all the light? Or perhaps november isn't the right moment, which makes it barely visible? Or perhaps it's just not the Milky Way, just a bunch of happy stars?
Also, do you think that an entry level camera like D60 has sufficient ISO (6400 max)? It adds so much noise, I always hesitate before using a high ISO... Perhaps ISO 6400 on a more recent camera adds less noise?