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    Are you actually taking pics through the telescope or do you mount the camera above it and use zoom lens on the camera? Also does the camera have to be a 35mm or will a newer SLR be able to get the same pics?
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    Hi savage . You can take pictures many ways , through the scope and piggy backed . Both types of cameras will work , although people are getting good results with digital because you can use computers to stack multiple images . To take pictures you need a scope that can track the sky .
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    when taking pics through the scope, you have to buy all new EP's correct? And would piggy backing it be easier for a beginner without having to get specialized stuff that is only good for astrophotography?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage750 View Post
    Are you actually taking pics through the telescope or do you mount the camera above it and use zoom lens on the camera? Also does the camera have to be a 35mm or will a newer SLR be able to get the same pics?

    Howdy Savage.... To answer your question......YES.

    Depending on the type of AP you are doing, the camera might be poined into the EP (Afocal), or the camera can be mounted directly to the scope in place of a diagonal and EP. In this instance the camera uses the scope as it's lens, and no EP is used.

    I have taken dozens of shots through the EP with my little Fuji A700 point&shoot camera, and out of those dozens I had, maybe, 3 that were worthwhile keeping and 99% that went in the trashcan.

    Serious AP work is generally done with a refractor and either a 35mm, Webcam or CCD camera mounted directly to the focuser.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage750 View Post
    when taking pics through the scope, you have to buy all new EP's correct? And would piggy backing it be easier for a beginner without having to get specialized stuff that is only good for astrophotography?
    No new EPs are required ......Unless you want some ...You can buy a eyepiece mounted camera holder that steadys the camera over the eyepiece , but i will tell you that the less expensive scopes have focusers that are less than adiquate and will tend to sag with a camera hanging off the eyepiece .
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    Astrophotgraphy is possible with any scope and any camera although the quality of the end result depends on three things

    1) the quality of equipment used
    2) the amount of time you are prepared to spend learning processing etc
    3) the experience of the imager

    and too a lesser extent what you wish to photograph

    now for the bad news don't expect results like the Hubble images seen in glossy mags unless you are prepared to spend big $$$$

    good shots of the moon can be taken through any scope with a point and shoot camera and a steady hand

    planets and all other targets are another matter and there are varying techniques for capturing images of these

    Digital is the way to go, 35mm film is rarely used these days and is expensive.

    I suggest you get hold of a book on the subject such as

    "Astro Photography-An introduction to film and digital Imaging" by H. Arnold published by Philips

    All the best with your endeavours
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    Hi. I am just researching AP myself. I picked up a book I thought was very informative. Takes you through every aspect of AP, from taking pictures with a tripod mounted camera to high end CCD Imagers. Good step by step instructions for each aspect.

    Book is : "Digital Astrophotography - A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos" by Stefan Seip Published by rockynook

 

 

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