When I started shooting with digital cameras in the late 90’s the instant feedback was helpful, but the noise in those early cameras still make it nearly impossible to get decent shots of the night sky.
As the cameras improved in the early 2000’s so did my images. I developed my own techniques for manually focusing on the stars for sharp images. I figured out through trial and error how long of an exposure I could take for great star trails, how to calculate the correct settings for those long exposures, and how to best post process the image.
Now with today’s camera equipment and software, anyone can photograph great night sky images.
Even though anyone can, it still isn’t as easy as daytime photos.
While the equipment makes it easy, you still need to know how. How to get those sharp images, how best to reduce noise, how to be able to see the landscape with the night sky, what white balance to use, how to even see what your composition looks like before you start that long exposure - and so much more.