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Old 22-11-2008, 04:20 PM
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DSLR cameras????

hi i am interested in astrophotography. what should i be looking for in a dslr? buying a cheep one or a more exspensive one? what is the diff?
looking a doing dso.
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Old 22-11-2008, 05:17 PM
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Firstly, what mount are you going to get Les? Dobs won't do you any favours trying to image DSO's.
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Firstly, what mount are you going to get Les? Dobs won't do you any favours trying to image DSO's.

i have a eq6 pro. using my 10"on it.
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Buy a Canon. The astro software seems to cater for Canon more than other cameras. Don't buy a professional heavy duty, full of bells and whistles model like the 5D at $5.5K. You'd be better off with something like the 450D, which you can upgrade to a newer model after a couple of years and still be ahead.
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Buy a Canon. The astro software seems to cater for Canon more than other cameras. Don't buy a professional heavy duty, full of bells and whistles model like the 5D at $5.5K. You'd be better off with something like the 450D, which you can upgrade to a newer model after a couple of years and still be ahead.
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hi i am interested in astrophotography. what should i be looking for in a dslr? buying a cheep one or a more exspensive one? what is the diff?
looking a doing dso.
les
Hi Les, if the weather gods are kind to us and you make it to CAMBROON you will get plenty of advice and tips as to what you want
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Old 28-11-2008, 05:45 PM
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i will come up if the weather does fine up. i also need some help with my eq6 mount.
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hi. what do u guys think about the canon 450D or the Olympus E- 520? are these both suitable for astrophotography?
can any one give me some advise on these? the pros and cons.
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Hi Les...I got the 450D for astrophotography.

As to the reasons why this one? probably best to read here:
http://ghonis2.ho8.com/rebelmod450d1.html

main reasons:
Cost (under $1K with basic 18/55 IS lens); low amp noise; cheap(ish) accessories; easy to front filter mod; takes RAW pics; Live view (for focus); did I mention cost!; and many others using this camera so I can learn from them.

It's not necessarily the "best" but...you have to pay to get the best. I see it as a good starter, although I'd love a 20Da.

I could not afford the extra $$ for the 40D...as much as it appeals to me

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anyone have an opinion on the Olympus E520?
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My opinion on the Olympus - Get a 450D.

Its not to say the olympus wont work, or that it wont make a nice camera for terrestrial shots, but the 450D is proven to give good results, has live focus, has a lot of very useful features etc.. You just cant go wrong with a Canon for astro-photography.

depending on the budget, the Canon 1000D is cheaper, and will work well also...

I would stick to Canon if I were you...
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:18 PM
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OK. what type of lenses do i need with the SLR?
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:19 PM
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Have to agree here, Canon seems to be the better all rounder Camera for the type of work that most of us seem to do, may it be from the 350D up to the high end stuff, like the 5D, you wont be disappointed.

But then I suppose it all comes down to what one can afford

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Old 07-12-2008, 04:44 PM
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Lenses, well, for astro work, you wont NEED any, but they can be useful for really wide fields... For astro work, the lens quality is important... For terrestrial shots, 90% of the time, you get what you pay for... A $1000 70-200 F/4L will take better photos than a $300 Sigma 70-300... That said, unless you take to photography as a semi-full time hobby, this kind of spending really isnt needed..

I have lenses that cover every focal length from 10mm right the way through to 600mm. But as I said, unless its a serious serious hobby, this simply isnt needed.

A widefield and a telephoto/telephoto zoom is really all you need.

18-55mm or equivilant, and a 70-200/70-300 should suffice.
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cool thanks for the help
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