But it’s very hard to see any stars in Singapore isn’t it?
One of the biggest misconceptions is that Singapore is too bright for astrophotography. Yes, it’s true that we’re listed as one of the most light-polluted countries in the world. However, there are varying degrees of light pollution throughout the island. For beginners, places like East Coast Park and Marina Barrage are fairly good locations to practise astrophotography because the skyglow isn’t too bad.
Another misconception is that shooting DSOs (deep-sky objects) is harder than shooting the Milky Way in Singapore. Actually, on the contrary. Shooting DSOs is much easier than shooting starscapes here. DSOs that are at least 40 degrees above the horizon can be imaged with the help of special filters. These are designed to reject multiple wavelengths of artificial lights and help to isolate the light that you do want to collect.
Starscapes, on the other hand, require a more complex post-processing workflow due to their high dynamic range. And to escape from the skyglow, you can wait for a DSO to appear higher in the sky before you start capturing it, but you can’t do that for the Milky Way or it would mean having a cut-off foreground. So, if you wish to show more of the foreground, then more work is needed to unveil the Milky Way that’s obscured by the heavy skyglow here.
However, if you’re shooting from a very dark location with little or no light pollution, then the post-processing workflow for DSOs is more complex than the workflow for the Milky Way.