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    Hi, brand new to site and learning curve of aph. Have a D5300 and wish to adapt it to aph if possible. I want to use it on a Celestron 8" newtonian w/an equitorial mount. In your experiences, how well would such a match work for Nebula, galaxies and deep space photography? Your input would be helpful. Thanks

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    Default Re: How well does the D5300 work with astrophotography

    I’m a beginner at AP, but I do know that most Newtonian scopes (except astrographs) won’t be able to reach focus with a dslr without a special low profile focuser or moving the primary mirror further up in the tube.
    This is for prime focus (camera mounted directly to the scope). There may be other options where the camera is mounted to an adapter and a Barlow can be used, but that may come with a reduction in optical quality.

    I’m no expert, so someone here might have some other ideas. That’s just my experience.

    Your D5300 is an excellent camera. I also own one.

    Good luck and hopefully some help is on the way!

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    Default Re: How well does the D5300 work with astrophotography

    It will work very well, no problems with the camera. Your main concern is getting it to focus in the scope without the use of a Barlow.

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    Default Re: How well does the D5300 work with astrophotography

    Thank you again Ozman ... for ALL of your helpful information. It is encouraging to see such willing and interested effort given to someone, a newbe, unknown in the forum. This is especially true in a world whose prime icons exemplify little more than ever-enlarging, self-serving end-game agendas. Juno, thank you for your help and input as well. For me, your expressions of helpful interests are more valuable than the information.
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    Default Re: How well does the D5300 work with astrophotography

    Unless it's an Astrograph Newtonian, it will most likely not reach focus, unless you get a low profile focuser or move the primary mirror up the OTA an inch or so.
    Being an 8" Newtonian is a fairly large scope, you will need a fairly hefty mid-range mount to carry it.
    Will the focuser on your Newtonian be able to support the weight of your DSLR?

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