Friends invited me for a trip for Milky Way. We went to Joshua Tree National Park on 10/17/2009. Away from city light with New Moon on that night leave us a clear sky perfect for Milky Way shooting. That was the first time I try to shoot time-lapse with SLR camera as well. Lets look at the result below.
Milky Way Time-Lapse Video
What I did
Manual Focus was set to infinity.
Make sure the camera sit on a firm tripod
Shutter speed set to 30 sec with f2.5
ISO set to 1250
Let the camera shoot continues for 3hrs
What to improve next time
Get the timer remote cable. (My cable didn't arrive on time, I just shot the shutter pins)
Check focus in detail with test shots.
Push ISO even higher, possible 2500
reduce shutter speed to 15 sec to avoid the star trails on each shot.
I am happy with the result even I did make a lot of mistake. I hope I can improve next time.
Highly recommend to get the Timer Controller like this to make your life easier. Make sure it compatible with your camera.