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- Go as high (altitude) as you can. This provides more clear atmosphere.
- Go when it's cold out. There is less humidity in cold air to cause aberrations.
- Monitor the pressure. High pressure means clear skies.
- Check the moon phase. A new moon gives the best light.
Finally, here are his recommendations for settings:
- Manual focus, distance set to infinity
- Manual exposure, 30 seconds exposure time
- Aperture wide open
- iso 3200 as a starting point
- Noise reduction off - apply it in post-processing only
- Shoot raw files
- Mirror lock-up, if you have it
- Self-timer or remote shutter release
Finally, to balance lighting from artifical sources (flashlight on a climber for example), remember the inverse square rule. If the climber is too bright, back away some distance, which will reduce the amount of light hitting your sensor by a square of the distance.
Kamil takes really beautiful night photos. (Click Here) to see some on DIYPhotography.net.