I recently got a Panasonic Lumix G3, and it's my first 'real' camera, by which I mean I can do more than set it on intelligent auto. I now have to think of shutter speeds, ISO's and F stops. It has intelligent auto as well so all isn't lost!
I'm lucky in that I work in a fairly dark location, it's not the best but it's probably the best area for miles. On a good night the milky way is visable and the nature of the workplace gives some interesting pictures. It also has the advantage of multiple air-con units to sit next to, whilst noisy the warm air is a bonus in winter!
|The International Space Station|
Hopefully the tricks I am learning will get me some good pics in the USA, startrails over the Grand Canyon? Could be a good plan.