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    Default Re: Time for a new camera...



    I had my Fuji X-a1 modified with an H alpha filter. It provides a lot more H alpha light, DSS balances it automatically so the pictures look natural. One main benefit is that I can now focus on almost any part of the sky using live view, which makes an important and difficult part of AP easy. It also makes my DSLR based polar alignment routine easy. And of course it provides a much cleaner red channel, which helps a lot.

    The camera body was $120 on EBay and the mod $275. You can get really great results with a modified Canon 6D but it costs more, and you have to get scopes with at least a 2.5" focuser, and optics that are flat over a wide area.

    None of that is any good without an equatorial tracking mount unless you just want to do Milky Way nightscapes.
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    Default Re: Time for a new camera...

    Have a look at a used Canon 100D. It has much better Ha wavelength sensitivity than some Canon dSLR. Unmodified you can image Ha rich nebulae. Best if you live in a region of darker skies, but even in light pollution (with Skytech CLS filter), you can get good results. Some post processing experience helps to bring out detail.
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    Default Re: Time for a new camera...

    One point I picked up from the replies is that you need to consider getting a camera that can use your existing lenses.

    Also, no disrespect to the experts here but there's loads of targets you can shoot without a driven mount, not just Milky Way scenes. A recent example is my widefield shot showing the Pleiades (M45) and Comet Wirtanen:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/philip...r/45441429325/

    Unfortunately, the comet has moved since then but you get the idea.
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    Default Re: Time for a new camera...

    Nikon used to make a dslr with no ir filter if thats what you want. I find nikon has cheaper lenses but more expensive camera bodys canon cheaper camera body more pricy lenses. Ive used many nikons and its 90 percent the lense 10 percent the body. I use a lg g4 phone way more. Yes the dslr is better if you print your photos or blow them up but if you dont cellphones with good built in camera app is hard to beat theyre just bad zoomed in. So milky way is fine moon is a tiny dot. Ive used a nikon d60, d70, d300, d3, d3s, d7100, d650, d800, d850 and i still use my phone way more. Way less weight have it on you ect. Lightroom app for phone works great just like the computer version you can upload photos way faster. What do you want to take photos of? Sonys a7 cameras over heat even the newer check out some reviews on youtube for cameras

 

 
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