Astro photography

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31 Oct 2014
photostore
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photostore
Anyone into this, always fancied a telescope and decided now is as good a time as any, limited budget of about £250.00 any info much appreciated

Posted 31 Oct 2014
Linpics
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Linpics
Not my forté but this link may be of use

http://www.meteorwatch.org/telescopes-beginners-easy-guide-review/



Posted 1 Nov 2014
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
I've been having a dabble recently using my dslr kit and come up with surprising results http://windowintime.co.uk/astrophotography/
Posted 1 Nov 2014
Edited by oceanova 1 Nov 2014
dominicdgt
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dominicdgt
I've dabbled over the years, as a youngster a 30x tripod telescope got me interested and when I had the money I bought an 8" reflector, the type you look through a viewing piece attached on the side. Back then I bought a T2 mount to attach a film camera, results were poor and despite a reasonable magnification the view you got was limiting.

I then went down fixed prime telephoto route a couple of years ago with Astronomy in mind, buying a Nikon 800mm and 2X converter attached to a 36MP camera, even with that range, to put it in context the moon doest fill the frame, I can send you some Facebook links to pictures though I have taken, both telephoto and wide angle.

Your problem really is the budget you suggest won't get you any closer to celestial objects than a basic kit lens zoom, I'd search EBay as loads of people realise the limitations of the kit they bought and sell it on. I know I spent more on a single eye piece back in the day and realistically even a £1000.00 today won't get you great results. It's all about the quality of light you can capture, people who sell you gear based on magnification are really scamming you to buy into a dream that won't work. Unfortunately this hobby is 100% akin to photography in that nothing really comes cheap if you are expecting great results.

You might be better finding an enthusiastic astronomer or local group to you, who'd let you attach your camera to their set up. I know when I had the big telescope (now hidden away in the loft) I shot myself in the foot slightly when I bought a simple star gazers computer programme. I actually had more fun with it zooming in on the planets, stars and solar systems and an guessing the net could pretty much do the same thing now.

Dominic.


Posted 2 Nov 2014
photostore
Photographer
photostore
Thanks guys, Dominic, i'm shooting on a 5d mkii and the biggest zoom i have is a 200mm f1.8 L lens, so would i be just as well buying a 2x converter rather than the telescope ?
Andy

Posted 2 Nov 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
You don't need a fast lens as you can get away with 20-25 second exposures before the earths rotation kicks in, In terms of zoom, you wont see planets with detail even if you find saturn or Mars, 400mm isn't going to do much, I had my 800mm on a X2 converter on a crop lens at one stage, in theory pushing 2000mm, then you have to use delayed timer, mirror up, heavy weight tripod, etc. the process takes time to set up and adjust as you go, I found better more pleasing results with a 14mm at F8, but the lazy bod I can be I only did it out the back garden where I should have travelled out to a more rural location,

But yes a 2X converter would have more effect and offer you more for you photography anyway, I've got Kenco? Sigma & Nikon versions they all have slight optical issues if you really peek at the results and here you'll be trying to crop the S**t out of the image to get something half decent.

See link.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201249294422262&set=a.1134091520334.2019331.1468685866&type=1&theater

Dominic



Posted 2 Nov 2014
Edited by dominicdgt 2 Nov 2014
RedChecker
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RedChecker
Not really helpful to the OP's question but I had a play with one of these at last years photo show in the NEC. One hell of a lens and obsolutely razor sharp from what I saw in the images on the back of the camera and its mount can even take 645 cameras. The price made my eyes water though.

http://www.vixenoptics.com/refractors/VSD.html



Posted 2 Nov 2014
MG
Photographer
MG
Remember the 500 rule when shooting astrophotography. 500 / focal length = maximum exposure without forming a star trail. i.e.. 500 / 20mm lens = 25 second exposure on a full frame. Don't forget a 20mm is a 30 mm on a Nikon Cropped and 32mm on a Canon cropped.

Posted 2 Nov 2014
pompeytog
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pompeytog
RedChecker

Not really helpful to the OP's question but I had a play with one of these at last years photo show in the NEC. One hell of a lens and obsolutely razor sharp from what I saw in the images on the back of the camera and its mount can even take 645 cameras. The price made my eyes water though. http://www.vixenoptics.com/refractors/VSD.html






Some amazing images on that link, thanks for sharing Red
Posted 3 Nov 2014
DKirk
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DKirk
If you're out this way, pop into Merchant City Cameras or you could pop them an email. But this is within your budget http://www.merchantcitycameras.com/optical/telescopes/sky-watcher/3210-sky-watcher-explorer-130p-telescope-with-eq2-mount



Posted 3 Nov 2014
photostore
Photographer
photostore
thought of increasing my budget by a further 50 quid and maybe this? http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/cos_5,cos_5.7,cos_5.7.1/140184 comes with an accessory kit with camera adaptor and x2 barlow lens, by searching this appears to be about £70 cheaper than anywhere else i can see (inc kit) Any thoughts, kinda not stressing about the photography part now, still fancy a telescope though,would be great when away fishing and bivvied up somewhere. and the goto seems a great idea Thanks to all who have commented so far
Posted 3 Nov 2014
photostore
Photographer
photostore
or this ? http://www.fotosense.co.uk/sky-watcher-skymax-102-az-synscan-go-to-maksutov-cassegrain-telescope.html?gclid=CILC4YS238ECFSYIwwod6E8Aow#fo_c=77&fo_k=60dbc14364314e84384fcaae6db132ae&fo_s=gplauk
Posted 3 Nov 2014
EllessePhotography
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EllessePhoto..
For the amount of money you wish to spend, you may be better off with a good pair of binos. Look for objective lens in the region of 75-100mm, and a magnification of 25-50x. When mounted on a tripod, they will give good views of the moon & star clusters. You will be able to get a reasonable view of Jupiter and Saturn too. To help navigate the night sky, you can download one of the free Android/iPhone apps. Half the fun sometimes is the thrill of finding and identifying "objects" by sight rather than a goto scope.

Here is one such pair from Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-71017-Skymaster-Porro-Binoculars/dp/B00008Y0VU/ref=pd_sim_ph_10?ie=UTF8&refRID=10YZGRD4SJPVVHQP8ZNK

Posted 4 Nov 2014
MG
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MG
This is a fantastic starter telescope.... 

Sky-Watcher Heritage-114P Virtuoso. Also check out the 90P too. Same price. You can connect a dslr to one of them but I cant remember which one. Its got some great reviews. For around £175 its really good value for money. On both units you can attach a dslr instead of the telescope too. 


LINK TO REVIEW
Posted 4 Nov 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
Certainly the moon through the Sky-Watcher Skymax-102 looks impressive as to planets the limitations start to show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBvCkwh_Z2I

Posted 4 Nov 2014
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