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Old 10-10-2005, 07:12 PM
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Canon 350D and the sky.

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What are your thoughts on the Canon 350D, how does it go on the sky etc....

If you have pictures that would be great.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:19 PM
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Great value for money.

Probably the most popular DSLR for astronomers.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:33 PM
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I would love to say that they are cheap and junky, but that is far from the truth. Most DSLRs are good value but many will not be suited to astrophotography.

I think you would be happy with the 350D!

I own a far superior Pentax (I wished I had a 20Da) but there are times it has its limits.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:03 PM
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A couple of pics i took with the 350D, i love it and have seen some awsome astro pics taken with it, see Chris V's M42 in the mount for sale thread, taken with a 300D.

I don't have tracking yet, or a scope, so i can't take any of the deep stuff yet, these are all tripod mounted with cable release, click and hope for the best, apart from the moon that was taken afocally through the dob.

Gotta say the Canon is so far in front of the pentax and way more superior
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The difference between the Nikon, Canon and Pentax isn't all that great, they will all give very good results. Canon DSLR's have the best noise performance and that is a plus for Astrophotography. The 350D is also 8Mp (as against 6 Mp of the Pentax and Nikon) and the extra resolution is useful, especially when cropping images. The 8Mp E300 Olympus reportedly doesn't perform as well at high ISO's as the other DSLR's.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:25 PM
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You couldnt go wrong with them mate - they almost go out and get the shot for you! while you put your feet up drinking tea
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saw a review for the 350d in my other subscription "PC authority", also popped into a camera shop on sunday, just to look at the canon range.

is the 350d a new version of the 300d???

what do they mean by modded?

can the exposure be computer controlled?
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:50 PM
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The 350D has many of the features that the 300D had disabled in their firmware, like mirror lockup. Although 6mp to 8mp wont be "that" noticable, the features are nice to have without hacking into the firmware. The camera is lighter and smaller than the 300d, but it's bigger than my current s7000 so wont notice the size difference. It also has USB2 which the 300d doesn't. As far as I am aware any control the 300d has on the computer can be put onto the 350d.
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:19 PM
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The 350D is a great Astrophotography Camera. Its the best bang for buck right now and replaces the 300D that used to have that titile. best Thing about it is the USB2.0. RAW images download to PC in about 4 seconds. JPGS even quicker. Ths makes remote control of the camera fro eclipse photography a dream.....

The Canon DSLR's are by far the leading DSLR for Astrophotography. They have lowest noise sensors, more accessories and more software support than any other camera. (sorry Nikon, Pentax oweners etc...) but its just the facts....

There is not much need to go to its big brother the 20D. Next step up would be the 20Da but its hard to get in Aus and very pricey in comparison.

Check out the Yahoo Digital Astro Group for photos from this camera.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/digital_astro/

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I'd love a 350D, it's going to be my DSLR purchase, when I get around to saving up $1500 for one.
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I'll admid the 350D and 20Da are much better cameras, but when I bought mine the price difference between the 300D and the Pentax *istDS was nearly $600, a no brainer for me because I wanted a general purpose camera. My next purchase will be the 20Da unless Pentax come up with a Canon beater in the meantime.
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Old 12-10-2005, 02:40 PM
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If you really want something to lust after, have a look at what Hutech are going to bring out

http://www.sciencecenter.net/hutech/newprod.htm

I have not quite yet mastered the 20D unmodified and may never,but things can only get better and more expensive!

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thank god there were no prices!!!!!
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I use the 350D(unmodified) for DSO's. I guess you've read all the reviews on it by now, so no need for me to brag on about how good it is

I'm very new to astrophotography, only got my 1st telescope in May this year and i have produced images that i'm happy with with this camera...

keeping in mind that i have very limited image acquisition and processing skills and i have not started using darks and flats yet , have a look at my DSO gallery on my website for images taken with the 350D.
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Quote:
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thank god there were no prices!!!!!
Judging by the cost of the modified 20D, the 5D modified would come close to
Aus $6k or maybe a bit less.

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Cool...next years christmas present...whats $6K if your misses dont find out anyway...lol
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Cool...next years christmas present...whats $6K if your misses dont find out anyway...lol
your manhood if she does!!!! with a blunt spoon!
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Old 12-10-2005, 07:51 PM
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zipdrives pics are very good.When he gets up to speed with all the digital tricks
his pictures will be very nice indeed.

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A blunt spoon hardly!Some form of extreme recompense as penance!
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It's missus (is it not)

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