Yeah I was using the settings in magic lantern to control the exposure time. I originally installed it to get an idea of what my shutter count was on my used 60D I purchased. Under 5K when I bought it btw! And I'm moving into some of the more advance stuff inside it - thought most of it is for video. ;-/
Yeah star trails I will be doing some stuff on too, eventually, because it looks cool! I'm in the process of learning Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) as well. Seems it doesn't like other things in the images like I have - well it doesn't care it just makes it blurry lol. Worked a bit with Photoshop pulling in a single images forground etc which worked great - however the stacking itself seemed really off to the grey side. Thank god I've used A LOT of photoshop cause needing to learn that would be a headache on top of things hah.
Long story short - I believe I may have a set of messed up flats or bias frames because when I leave those out I get a half workable image. LOTS to learn and perfect on this little journey - but the results/rewards should be pretty good I hope! I think I could have done worse for a first attempt - I was mainly concerned on getting a good focus and getting something in the image!
I find for most of the stuff I do Tv/Av is pretty limiting and I shoot mainly in manual mode/manual focus with stabilization turned on at higher zoom levels. So much stuff it was a bit overwhelming at first but didn't take long to start getting my head around. I'm finding there's a lot of science in this art than originally I would have imagined. But I love the technical side of it all.
Thanks again +Joe Ercoli
, you're always a massive help!