Old 06-03-2006, 10:10 PM
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Astrophoto query

I'm considering getting a Kodak C340 digital camera. Would this be suitable, as well, for astrophotography?

Any advice appreciated!
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Old 07-03-2006, 06:00 AM
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For a digicam to be suitable for astrophotography, it needs the following:

a) Manual settings for exposure
b) Manual settings for ISO
c) Manual settings for shutter
d) Manual settings for focus (infinity, etc)
e) A bracket to hold the camera in

Are you looking to use it for lunar/planetary imaging, or deep space? Because if it's deep space, the requirements are a bit more, including the ability to set the shutter to 30s or more.

Also, what scope do you want to use it with? As per (e), you'll need a bracket to hold the camera up to the eyepiece. That is, with a digicam with a fixed lens, you can only do afocal photography, not prime focus. So you'll need an eyepiece in the scope and have the camera pointing into it.

I don't know the specs of the Kodak you're talking about (and i'm too lazy to google it), but if it can do the things above then it should be fine.
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Old 07-03-2006, 01:19 PM
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I Read a few reviews on the camera in question, there not all that favorable actually.

I have a similar camera that I used to use (DX 6340 3.2 meg) for astro stuff & it does a respectable job on planets for what it is.

Heres my best pics taken with it. The biggest problem with this sort of camera is over exposure. It sees this bright object (a planet) in a big expanse of black sky & will try to over expose the bright object. The only way to stop this happening is by using aperture masks on the front of the scope to stop so much light getting to the camera (depending on scope aperture), along with the right exposure time for the object which is trial & error. DSO work? Not good.

I'd image you would maybe get similar results with that camera as I got with mine.
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