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    Smile 550d Astrography/Deep field astrography



    hi everyone,

    For many years i've been interested in photography, i take pictures with my compact digital camera at any opportunity but have always wanted to get an DSLR, ive always wanted a 550d and have been saving for one! but luckily for me my fiancee will buy me one as a gift!!! although she hasnt brought it yet but i have a strong feeling that she will get it for me very soon

    ok enough of the rambling lol here's what i need advice on; with the cannon 550d can i use this camera for astrography? (deep field i.e. nebulas, galaxys etc)

    i havent found anything online regarding this camera being used for deep field but im assuming its to do with certain lenses allowing for deep field astrography to happen?

    can someone please help me and point me to relevant sites for total beginners

    any advice/suggestions will be greatly appreciated, but keep in mind its a gift and i really want to use this camera for astrography

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    Hi, Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.

    Your question is far to complex to be answered here in any detail. The first step is learning the basics of astrophotography. Fortunately, several good books exist to help you. One of the better and least expensive is: "A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Astrophotography" by Jerry Lodrigus. Here is a link to his web site: A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Astrophotography

    The Astronomy Forum is an excellent forum for beginners. While reading a book like the one I referenced, you will have questions. We can help you with them. Just ask. Also go to our astrophotography forums. Read the stickies as well as the threads. You can pick up some valuable information that way too.
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    Any DSLR can be used for astrophotography, but you will need a mount that will track the movement of the stars. If you just want to use the camera and its lenses for wide-field photography, you can build a barn-door tracker quite cheaply.

    If you want to take pictures of galaxies and other deep sky objects, you will need to photograph through a telescope on a solid equatorial mount. There is a learning curve involved with that, but the results are worth it.

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    Hi, I have a T2i which I believe is a 550d, or the newer version of. I have been taking pictures with it since Feb this year and have had some awesome results. From planetary to deep sky it cando it all, even satellites with a little practice (still working on that one).
    Here are a couple of the images I have taken with my T2i, enjoy

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    With just the std lens you can take wide field long xposures if it has manual settings for exposure, focus, and a bulb setting. you will need a tracking system of sorts like a barndoor tracker (home made easy peasy I understand).and you will be able to afix it to a telescope if need be later on. this is what I have gathered from the forums here.. others will be along to help you spend your money

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    Here's a couple more planetary pics,

    Clear skies to all.

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    Thank you all for the wonderful advice and tips, i'll be sure to order the cd-rom book DMouse those pictures are inspiring and make me want to learn more !! as i live in the UK we rarely have clear skies and the area in live in has some light pollution, i guess this will affect looking into the cosmos quite significantly?

    also, in the future (after i've read up and researched signicantly) i will buy a telescope or even a deep field lens to look into the cosmos but was wondering if Google Sky maps would be a good starting point? i.e the application on the phone will point out where the planets etc are and i'd simply have to point the camera into that direction? ( i'm assuming its not as simple as it sounds lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayhem007 View Post
    Thank you all for the wonderful advice and tips, i'll be sure to order the cd-rom book DMouse those pictures are inspiring and make me want to learn more !! as i live in the UK we rarely have clear skies and the area in live in has some light pollution, i guess this will affect looking into the cosmos quite significantly?

    also, in the future (after i've read up and researched signicantly) i will buy a telescope or even a deep field lens to look into the cosmos but was wondering if Google Sky maps would be a good starting point? i.e the application on the phone will point out where the planets etc are and i'd simply have to point the camera into that direction? ( i'm assuming its not as simple as it sounds lol)
    I'm afraid your right, getting the mount pointing in the right place is the first hurdle, then getting it to track accurately for long exposures is a more tricky game. Usually most people end up going with some sort of guiding for long exposures. I use a light pollution reducing filter, as I have pollution issues here near Toronto, actually further south than the UK by quite a bit.

    I took this image last night under a full moon with the Baader Moon and Skyglow filter and Baader MPCC on my camera. Guiding done via QHY5 camera on the 9x50 finder scope, using the PHD software.

    Hope that helps. I only started this hobby last September, so getting to grips with the technical issues is just a matter of banging your head on the wall till it gives way

    If ya need any more help just holler

    BTW I grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. Left 7 years ago for work here and havent been back. Not sure how bad light pollution is there but anywhere out of town must help. All my images are done from my backyard in little Milton Ontario.

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    Nice images, DMouse. What's the double?

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    Thats Albireo. Thanks for the comments

 

 
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