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04-04-2012, 05:13 PM
Do you need a special camera and telescope, to photograph this wonderful galaxy???
that's a piece of string type question! There's a host of options.
Deep Space objects generally require an equitorially mounted scope with some form of guiding - the camera can be either a dslr (with relevant connectors) or a dedicated CCD.
Some brighter objects and the moon can be afocally photographed by holding (or fixing) a point and shoot camera in front of a non-tracking dob but you are naturally limited to very short exposures. It works but can be frustrating. Having said that I think the best moon photo I've taken was done that way.
You can also piggyback a camera on top of a mount or tracking scope to take widefields.
Or, at the simplest end of the scale you can plonk a camera on a tripod and take widefields of the Milky Way at exposures up to about 30secs before trailling becomes a problem. Or, you can take startrails - long exposures or a series of 30sec exposures stitched together.
I notice from other posts you are selling your dob and have shown some interest in my Celestron. So, the dob advice is probably obsolete. I have taken afocal shots and piggyback shots (up to several minutes) with the celestron.
It's not a bad way to dip your toe in and practice some techniques without sending you to the poor house with full blown astrophotography!
You can take widefields
What objects are you after Sammy?
When you say "this galaxy", you can shoot a lot of the milky way in widefield and it looks amazing.
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