As shown and mentioned before, my vision was to make the Milky Way as big as possible in proportion with the Temple, so the use of an ultra-wide angle was out of question.
My lens selection was my favorite Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 to go along with my Nikon D850.
Due to the high pixel pitch of the sensor (4.35 microns) as also the narrow field of view of the lens (47°), I could only expose for 3 seconds at F1.4 to avoid star trails, so the use of a star tracker was necessary.
By using Slik ECH-630 Astra star tracker, I didn’t have to use the lens wide open, so I chose an aperture of F2 to improve the details and minimize coma, while also having enough light getting into the sensor.
Despite being at a Bortle 3 location, I also used a Cokin Clearsky light pollution filter to improve overall contrast as also saturation in magenta tones.
I also chose to go for a vertical panorama workflow and thus, the final image was stiched in Photoshop from eight (8) vertical shots, resulting a final image size of 70mpx (8425x8425).
Each of the eight (8) frames had a shutter speed of 20 seconds and ISO 3200.
Some small basic edits were also applied in Photoshop, mostly on contrast, highlights, shadows and noise removal.
This is the final result: