First light from the Nikon

Well, sort of. This is my first attempt at any sort of serious astrophotography. I wasn't aiming for anything in particular, I just wanted to get a feel for my camera. The conditions were subpar to say the least: it was a mildly cloudy night, and I'm near a metropolitan downtown, so the light pollution was terrible. Collection details:

  • Nikon D5200 w/18-55mm Nikkor lens - RAW (NEF) format
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • Exposure time: 10secs
  • f/11
  • ISO 100
  • 31 light frames, 11 dark frames
  • Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker

Considering all that, my results weren't too terrible:

night sky picture

Looks pretty, but that's about it. Technical note: I was having trouble getting my RAWs to align in DSS. I suspect my ISO was way too low for it to detect stars, but after converting to jpg it seemed to do reasonably well.