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    Question Nikon D3s for astrophotography?



    Hi,
    I have a Nikon D3s and i wonder if that will be a good camera to use for astro photography. I am considering the EQ6-pro and a SkyWatcher Evostar 120ED DS-PRO APO or a SkyWatcher Explorer 190MN PRO to go with it. Would that be a good solution?

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    Alex,

    Just being a novice at astrophotography, I can't really say anything from experience. However, I did read some excellent postings about the 190MN Pro that also mentioned the EQ6 Pro could carry the scope. Do a google on "SkyWatcher Explorer 190MN Pro"
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    Alex--

    I use a D700. It is a great camera and works very well for astrophotography. However, IF my original purpose was a camera solely for astrophotography (it wasn't; at the time I couldn't even spell it), a high-end Canon would have been my choice.

    The reason has nothing to do with quality, it has to do with the popularity of the two cameras among astrophotographers. Canon wins. (Less expensive?) The popularitiy of the Canon makes support from other astrophotographers available. This could be important.

    In the meantime, my D700 appears to have advantages. One is its sensitivity to the red end of the spectrum. In my opinion, the D700 captures more red than other DSLRs. The only way I can tell is by comparing my rather childish attempts at astrophotography with those of truly experienced folks.

    Other than a lack of general support by the astrophotography community, your D3s suffers from its weight; it's heavy at 2.7lbs. That is going to be a lot of weight for your focuser to move. This shouldn't be a problem with a GOOD stock focuser. It would not be a problem with a high-end replacement focuser.

    I would certainly leap at the chance to bolt a telescope to a D3s!

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