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Great shot! And a superb first attempt! Been playing around with these types of images for awhile now, and have the Vixen Polarie. Sounds like your tracking unit involves a similar setup, though it looks to be much more heavy duty. Never liked trails much, and I find it's challenging to get a realistic result without having too much black in the frame. I think it's challenging to get a result that looks natural to me, but impossible to get a result that looks realistic to all viewers. In fact, despite others liking them very much, images like this that I've gotten (with as many stars as you'd see in a binocular view spread out across the frame) are often just too star-crowded. The Milky Way definitely helps here, and the foreground is perfect. Not sure why you'd say "fighting" the crescent moon, since that provides the very important illumination for your foreground, unless I'm wrong there. You certainly got plenty of stars. I definitely prefer in shots similar to this to shoot with a partial moon unless I have a bright Milky Way and maybe a large body of water reflecting it. I usually try to shoot at no greater than ISO 400, but sometimes I don't get enough stars. I sometimes mess up and expose too far to the left (which sorta negates the point of using lower ISO). I'm assuming you exposed a bit to the right of where you wanted to end up, so that's great for noise. Good luck! Sorry for the long comment, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your starscapes.