i own a Xiaomi Redmi 4A smartphone and i have access to fairly dark site to observe the night sky.I would like to know if it is possible to get a good photo of the milky way.

(f/2.2 , I can choose iso between 100-3200 and whatever shutter speed i want)

  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried to took some picture of the milky way with my S9 plus with f/1.7, iso 3200 and lowest shutter speed (i don't remember how much) and it was horrible! So i don't think you can take some good photos. Too much artifact \$\endgroup\$
    – Simo
    Commented Aug 6, 2018 at 14:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xiota Wow — even the same phone! \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 15:46

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You can, but it will be hard. You will need to

  • set up your phone somewhere stable.
  • Have it take multiple exposures, each for as long as you possibly can.
  • Have it take them in RAW.
  • Then import them into your computer.
  • Open them in photoshop and align them.
  • Stack them using median stack. Adjust colors and curves accordingly.

Using this I have been able to capture the milkyway using a Galaxy S7, but your results may vary.

This is what I captured, although it was heavily compress by Instagram, plus some poor editing: enter image description here


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