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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...



    First, two weeks ago I was going out on a full moon weekend and
    decided I'd go ahead and pick up the equipment necessary to use my
    Celestron C9 1/4 with my Nikon Film Camer Bodies. I ended up with a
    Prime Focus setup, what I needed to do eyepiece projection, and even a
    nice, solid universal adapter for piggybacking just about anything to
    the telescope (but including the camera adapter).

    Well, I didn't bother installing the piggyback plate yet (it is going
    to involve some changes to my telescope packaging), but I took the
    rest of the equipment along. I got some good photos of a nearly full
    moon at prime focus but guessed WAY low on my eyepiece projection
    experiments. Still, I had some fun. This isn't going to take the
    place of eyepiece time with my eyeballs for quite some time, but it is
    a fun excercise, especially for somebody who has loved photography
    since he was a kid.

    Well, now onto the question. Although I own a CoolPix 5000, the time
    (read, my wife wants) has come to plop down the money for a DSLR.
    Now, I know that Canon is generally accepted to have superior
    qualities for Astorphotgraphy, but I have probably 3 times the worth
    of my telescope in Nikon Lenses so there is no way in heck I'm buying
    a Canon body!

    So, if I have to buy a Nikon...

    D70?
    D100 (discontinued but still available)?
    D200?
    Something else?

    Remember, my wife wants the DSLR so no recommendations about CCD
    cameras. Just comments about Nikon Digital SLR's please.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Clear, Dark Skies

    Mark

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    Mark Smith <emarksmi@san.rr.com> writes:





    Your best bet would be a D70 right now. It's an excellent camera for a good
    price. The D200 is still unavailable I think.

    Another option could be a used D100. I have a D100 myself and am very happy
    with it.

    Cor

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    Frankly,
    I'd get a webcam first, or a meade LPI, a Logitech Quickcam Pro 4000 with a
    CCD chip in it, not the CMOS, or something along that line.
    They blow film out of the water, and the virtue of stacking hundreds of
    imaging is not to be underestimated.
    It's also way easier.
    FWIW
    Orion

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    Mark:

    Personally I would suggest giving the Cool Pix 5000 a try, get your feet wet
    and see what its really about. You can do some long exposure stuff with it.

    If you want to do Planetary imaging, it seems that these days a webcam will out
    perform anything else out there. If you want to do serious deep sky, a cooled
    CCD is probably still your best bet, either that or film.

    jon

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    > So, if I have to buy a Nikon...

    Well, I'm in the same situation and I'm leaning for a Fuji S2 Pro, which accepts all Nikon lenses.
    Ciel & Espace just did a review of a bunch of DSLR for astro and thay rate it better than the D70
    and D100 which both have no-no quirks.
    And since the S3 is coming out in a few weeks, the S2 is discontinued, meaning you might be able
    to find it at a discount (or wait for the S3).
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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    On Tue, 05 Oct 2004 07:19:48 GMT, "Orion" <mark.bender@syntegra.com> wrote:


    This is the ideal solution for lunar and planetary imaging, but is very inferior
    to film or DSLR cameras for DSOs.

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    I agree.
    Orion

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    Mark Smith wrote:

    I have a D70.

    It works great for astro photography as long as you turn on the noise reduction.

    The manual discourages this because it'll slow you down - but for long time exposures, it's a must.

    With noise reduction, the camera apparently shoots and subtracts a dark frame equal in length to your exposure. So a 2 minute exposure takes 4 minutes.

    The micro drives are great - I have a 2gb one, and it'll hold around 600 pictures with minimal compression.

    Time exposures eat batteries, so you'll probably want a second battery pack.

    Here's one of the first shots I took:

    <http://users.adelphia.net/~msholden/m57.jpg>

    It was an unguided 2 minute exposure on a tmb 175 with an AP barcon on an ap900gto mount.

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    On 05 Oct 2004 07:19:06 GMT, Cor Bosman <cor@xs4all.nl> wrote:


    The D200 is supposed to be announced within the next 2 weeks and
    should be available before Thanksgiving (if what I'm hearing is
    correct). They have already discontinued the D100 and have nothing on
    the market that comptetes with Canon's new offering.

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    Default Astrophotography - If I have to buy a Nikon...

    On 05 Oct 2004 11:28:31 GMT, jonisaacs@aol.com (Jon Isaacs) wrote:



    I considered this. I'd rather play with the Film camera bodies at the
    moment though and connecting the CoolPix 5000 requires different
    adapters (unless I use the piggyback method).

 

 
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