Another problem I had was focusing: the camera wouldn't autofocus on the sky (which didn't surprise me), but manually focusing was difficult because I couldn't see well enough through the eyepiece.
And then it hit me: I could auto-focus on the house and then point at the sky without refocusing:
Which isn't a bad nonspecific starfield, I think, for a first night's shooting.
Any tips would be most welcome.
Here are my thoughts for the future:
- Give my remote shutter release a whirl.
- Try to get shots of some recognisable constellations.
- Photograph the ISS.
- Try a low ISO, extra-long exposure wide-angle shot to get some star trails.