Hey elitist pricks , I'm in need of some advice. Criticism, mockery, trolling is also welcomed. I am heading up to Death Valley this weekend and I want to take a pic like this one: How do I do it? Hi-Res version link: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0705/deathvalleysky_nps_big.jpg Apparently this was taken by some National Park Services scientist studying light pollution. Caption below pic on NASA website site (LINK) says he took 30 images and then put them all together in Photoshop. Says it is a full 360deg panorama. I don't need mind to be that huge. I don't want any star trails, but I am limited to using fairly small aperture lenses (Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 or my friend's Sigma 10-20mm). I do have a super sharp Nikon 35mm f/1.8. Of course I'll be shooting on a tripod. Using a D90 and IR remote to actuate shutter. So.. Which of the 3 lenses should I use? How short of a focal length do you think I can get away with to minimize number of shots? ISO recommendation? Noise Reduction on or off? I only have a ball head tripod mount, which seems like it would be bad for a pic like this Still doable???