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Old 08-08-2009, 10:07 PM
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Canon 450D with 75-300mm lens?

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I am new to the forum and have a Canon 450D with a 75-300mm lens. I am waiting for my new telescope to arrive. But can I take any interesting shots with just the camera and lens? Sorry if this is a noob question?
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:25 PM
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But can I take any interesting shots with just the camera and lens?
Of course. With just a regular tripod (or even handheld with image stabilisation) you should easily be able to capture the moon at fairly high detail.

I got this on my 450D with 55-250mm lens (@250mm) on tripod:

http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/469006253_Btbu8-O.jpg

You can do some very mild long-exposure shots as well (say up to 30 sec max?) but you're likely to end up with blurring at 75mm without a tracking mount. With such a mount and heaps of practice (keep in mind, no telescope involved yet!) I was able to use my 450D to snap:

some nebula action: http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/481..._izenT-L-4.png
a comet animation: http://archvile.smugmug.com/gallery/...196_nwwsz-A-LB
pluto animation - http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/499..._g6TmJ-O-1.gif

Just saying, there's a heap of stuff you can do at low focal lengths without ever touching a telescope. Just requires practice and lots of patience
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:40 PM
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Of course. With just a regular tripod (or even handheld with image stabilisation) you should easily be able to capture the moon at fairly high detail.

I got this on my 450D with 55-250mm lens (@250mm) on tripod:

http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/469006253_Btbu8-O.jpg

You can do some very mild long-exposure shots as well (say up to 30 sec max?) but you're likely to end up with blurring at 75mm without a tracking mount. With such a mount and heaps of practice (keep in mind, no telescope involved yet!) I was able to use my 450D to snap:

some nebula action: http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/481..._izenT-L-4.png
a comet animation: http://archvile.smugmug.com/gallery/...196_nwwsz-A-LB
pluto animation - http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/499..._g6TmJ-O-1.gif

Just saying, there's a heap of stuff you can do at low focal lengths without ever touching a telescope. Just requires practice and lots of patience
Great thanks, What sort of focal length did you have to get that nebula and did you have a tracking mount?
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:50 PM
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Great thanks, What sort of focal length did you have to get that nebula and did you have a tracking mount?
Same 55-250mm kit lens (@ 250mm) in all the shots. For the nebula/comet/pluto shots: yes, with tracking mount as mentioned (Skywatcher EQ6).

But for now there's nothing stopping you from attacking the moon with your lens without tracking
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