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CatinIL
01-26-2013, 07:37 PM
Does anyone on here have any experience with astrophotography? I've been studying the ins and outs and know that the key will be getting a good heavy duty motorized mount. I'm focused on Meade or Celestron for the mount. I'm more curious about the camera. Should I go with a dedicated astro CCD camera are go with an DSLR?

dan_bgblue
01-26-2013, 07:43 PM
Star trails, shooting the ISS, lots of moon shots, but I have no experience with telescopes or tracking. There are a few great astro forums out there that I have read on occasion. If you would like links to them, just let me know.

CatinIL
01-26-2013, 07:49 PM
Dan, if you would, go ahead and post the links so I can bookmark them. I've been reading the Cloudy Nights website but would like to know about others. I'm probably 6 months to a year from make the initial steps but I always like reading the opinions of those who have done it.

dan_bgblue
01-26-2013, 08:12 PM
This is probably the best of the best forum for beginners and pros as well.

Cloudy Nights (http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php)

Ooops you already know about this one. Honestly if one can not learn what they need to know there, it probably is not worth knowing. I will check and see if I have other bookmarks.

CatinIL
01-26-2013, 08:13 PM
Dan, I have to agree, that's a great site.

dan_bgblue
01-26-2013, 08:21 PM
This is not a forum, but I think it is well worth a look

Classic Astrohotography (http://www.petesastrophotography.com/index.html?mainframe=http://www.petesastrophotography.com/barndoor.html)

CatinIL
01-26-2013, 08:55 PM
Dan, I hadn't seen that site before.

dan_bgblue
01-26-2013, 09:41 PM
Understandable as it is a site for film buffs, but a lo of the info is valuable for digital as well, or at least I see it that way.

CatinIL
01-26-2013, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I shot film for years but moved over to the digital camera a few years ago. I used to read the APUG camera site quite bit. I still think about getting a Nikon F4 just for the heck of it. There cool as heck.

dan_bgblue
01-26-2013, 10:39 PM
I shot with a Minolta XGM for 25 years until it died, and I moved to digital. Still have a fondness for film as well, enough so that I picked up a Canon 1N a year ago just to satisfy the need to force myself to think more and compose more before I squeeze the shutter button.

CatinIL
01-26-2013, 11:15 PM
Nice pick up on the Canon 1N! Film does make you think a bit more before you fire the shutter. It's one of things I still try and do with the digital camera.

Darrell KSR
01-29-2013, 09:57 AM
Really worried when I opened this thread that we were talking about camera night at the Spearmint Rhino.

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