#1  
Old 09-11-2020, 09:30 AM
Rod1448 (Rod)
Registered User

Rod1448 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Singleton, Australia
Posts: 27
Camera Mod

Hi,


Only getting started with astrophotography and was hoping to use my Nikon D7000 DSLR camera. Would this work?


Also I have heard of modding the DSLR cameras, what does this mean and do I need to mod my camera before using?


Any help will appreciated.


Cheers
Rod
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-11-2020, 03:55 PM
RyanJones
Registered User

RyanJones is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Melbourne,Australia
Posts: 1,139
Hi Rod,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Astrophotography.

In short, yes you can use your DSLR for astrophotography. If you are connecting it to a telescope you will need a ď t-ring ď and ď t adaptor ď to suit your camera. If you are planing to shoot from a tripod then you will only be able to do short exposures before getting star trails ( because of the starts apparent rotation across the sky ) but still itís absolutely possible.

As far as modifying goes, my suggestion would be to start without modifying and move onto that later once you get a little bit more comfortable. Basically what it is is inside your stock DSLR there is a filter/filters that block out the extreme ends of the visual spectrum such as ultra violet ( vu ) and infared ( IR ) . Many Deepsky objects emit these wavelengths of light so your DSLR will struggle to show them. Thatís not to say thereís not a lot of things it can see. In fact Galaxies only have a minor change with a modified camera. Basically the modifying process removes this stock filter either entirely or replaces it with a far wider range filter.

I hope this helps

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. The folk on here have a wealth of experience to offer.


Cheers

Ryan
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-11-2020, 01:45 PM
Rod1448 (Rod)
Registered User

Rod1448 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Singleton, Australia
Posts: 27
Hi Ryan,


Thanks for explaining it to me. I guess I didn't explain enough of what type of astrophotography I was planning on. I recently purchased a Skywatcher 10" f4.7 Newt with an AZ EQ6 Pro mount to use. I have the T-ring and adaptor but currently trying to get the guide scope and as you know everyone is short on supplies. I was looking at an Orion 50mm with helical focuser and a ZWO 120MC but still can't get my hands on one. Trying to keep it small as I already have heaps of weight on the mount. Soon I will commence building an observatory with a pier which should help somewhat on stabilizing. I believe I will also require a coma corrector which should give me exactly 55mm for the DSLR focusing. Are all coma corrector's the same thickness or is there a particular one I should use?


Cheers
Rod
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-11-2020, 02:22 PM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney
Posts: 2,957
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rod1448 View Post
Hi Ryan,


Thanks for explaining it to me. I guess I didn't explain enough of what type of astrophotography I was planning on. I recently purchased a Skywatcher 10" f4.7 Newt with an AZ EQ6 Pro mount to use. I have the T-ring and adaptor but currently trying to get the guide scope and as you know everyone is short on supplies. I was looking at an Orion 50mm with helical focuser and a ZWO 120MC but still can't get my hands on one. Trying to keep it small as I already have heaps of weight on the mount. Soon I will commence building an observatory with a pier which should help somewhat on stabilizing. I believe I will also require a coma corrector which should give me exactly 55mm for the DSLR focusing. Are all coma corrector's the same thickness or is there a particular one I should use?


Cheers
Rod

Rod,


Ive have many coma corrector's which I use on my 6" , 8" and 12' Newts



Bintel GSO 2" Coma Corrector
Skywatcher F5 Coma Corrector
Televue Paracorr Type 2 2" Coma Corrector
Baader MPCC MkIII coma Corrector



For my visual work you cannot beat the performance of the Televue Paracorr Type 2


For Astrophotography you cannot beat the performance of the Baader MPCC MkIII



The Baader MPCC screws straight into your Canon T Ring and then pop the DSLR with Coma Corrector into your 2" focuser



Eliminates coma at f5 right to the edge of field , its a proven performer world wide , IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE !!!!!


Cheers



Martin
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-11-2020, 02:26 PM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney
Posts: 2,957
Rod,


I think Bintel have more stock of the Baader MPCC MkIII coma correctors coming in as Ive ordered a second one to keep down at my dark site and its not too far off


Maybe give them a buzz


Martin
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-11-2020, 03:00 PM
Rod1448 (Rod)
Registered User

Rod1448 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Singleton, Australia
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Startrek View Post
Rod,


I think Bintel have more stock of the Baader MPCC MkIII coma correctors coming in as Ive ordered a second one to keep down at my dark site and its not too far off


Maybe give them a buzz


Martin

Thanks Martin,


From what I have read, including your posts, most people recommend the Baader corrector. Just spoke with Bintel and apparently they have some on the way. Can you still use the Baader for visual?


Cheers
Rod
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-11-2020, 05:11 PM
Startrek (Martin)
Registered User

Startrek is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Sydney
Posts: 2,957
Rod,
Yes you can use the Baader MPCC Mklll for visual but you need to buy a visual kit which includes the coma corrector ( Visual Version part no 2458403 ) and includes the adapter to accept eye pieces
Martin
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-11-2020, 07:14 PM
RyanJones
Registered User

RyanJones is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Melbourne,Australia
Posts: 1,139
I use the Baader MPCC Mark 1 but Iím looking at changing it as i believe it causes vignetting and isnít really suited to my f/4 which apparently has been sorted out in the mark 3.

As far as your choice of guide camera, may I suggest the MM rather than the MC. With a guide camera you donít need it to be colour and the monochrome is more sensitive with its lack of a bayer matrix. I personally use the 120mm mini and I find it does a more than ample job.

Iím running an 8Ē Newt on a HEQ5 pro which weight wise is pushing things but it has forced me to be careful and learn a lot about the way Iíve set it up to make it work. A 10Ē on a HEQ6 will be fine but if you learn how to balance properly and take the time to understand it that setup will be fantastic.

Cheers

Ryan
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 13-11-2020, 09:24 AM
Rod1448 (Rod)
Registered User

Rod1448 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Singleton, Australia
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Startrek View Post
Rod,
Yes you can use the Baader MPCC Mklll for visual but you need to buy a visual kit which includes the coma corrector ( Visual Version part no 2458403 ) and includes the adapter to accept eye pieces
Martin

Hi Martin,


Bintel couldn't tell me when their MKIII were coming in and they did not have any of the Visual ones coming in until sometime next year. I searched around and found a QLD store (Astro Anarchy) which have a few including the visual version and cheaper so just ordered and also got a WiFi module as well so I can connect to phone. There seems to be many apps that look to be good.


Cheers
Rod
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 11:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Testar
Advertisement
Limpet Controller
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement