Star Trails - I Need Help

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This is the first of about 110 photos I took of the night sky a couple days ago. (We didn't realize until the end of our shoot that there were auroras developing as they weren't discernible to the naked eye. Also Planetary K Index was about 2.)

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Here is the result of my trails using about 110 photos using Star Trails. Results are similar done in Photoshop and I am not happy with the results. To get the wide spacing look do I simply have to find an area of the sky that isn't so full of stars? Cloudy tonight or I would just go out and try that.

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ive only tried this once, if the green light on the bottom of two wasnt there it would be good. i think that you would want to use less pics to get more spacing. im sure some one with experience will chim in.
 

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For star trails, you don't need the max aperture and higher ISO. Try lowering your ISO and setting your aperture to f4 or so, and see how that does, that will remove the lighter starts and your sensor will only read the brightest starts.

Also check out this thread that has several images with star trails that might have the settings used:

https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=284580
 
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