Canon Digital cameras for Astrophotography

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December 6, 2009 – 00:00

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Camera Buying and astrophotography

When my little Digiknipse slowly gives up the ghost, I was last week I decided to buy a new camera.
Here I have long Consider in the direction of "Digital SLR" to go.

Now I have to anticipate the same that I have not selected the camera according to the criteria for astrophotography. I have then already some experience with astrophotography. At that time, with a Canon EOS. Still based on this film. In between came from and the shenanigans with a webcam. I have found for me that I'm more interested in the visual astronomy. But every now and then comes the desire with me on the seen on film (or even now to capture CCD).

So my priority is more on the normal photography. But if I now own such a camera, then it must hold for the shots of the night sky sometimes.

Well, skirmished around long enough. I have decided on a Sony Alpha DSLR-230th This camera is enough for me to photograph fully from this hobby and if I want to expand a little, but then I open all the way.

I bought this in store for € 333. The price / performance ratio has yet convinced me and I think that this is a good entry-level device with which you can begin a lot. The first pictures simply speak for themselves. Of course in the near future is the study of the manual and trying out the camera on the program.

Now how do I make the camera suitable for astrophotography?

In the very first step I will saddle up the camera probably only once on the mount. Here you can already shoot beautiful pictures and play around with the exposure times and the individual settings.

Of course the camera is later also to the telescope. In addition, there is used a lot of accessories.
The following things are important:

  • T2 adapter
  • Battery Pack (for cold nights)
  • Remote control (possibly a wired remote control, otherwise more batteries are used)

That are made with semi-mounted camera for shooting, a wide-angle lens would be useful.

I will of course report on what the camera or on the telescope can do. Let's see when I'm the only times to do so.

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