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    Default Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?



    Hello gang. I'm looking to purchase my 1st DLSR. I never had one so it will be a learning experience. I currently have a C8 on CGEM mount and a Z10 dob. I have the 0.63 SCT reducer for the C8. I also have the T-ring and T adapter. I'm familiar with ASPA and had got better at it this past year. I borrowed a Nikon D40 from a friend to try some AP on Orion's nebula. It was an awesome learning experience.

    I will also like to use the camera for planetary but mainly DSO's. I know DSLR's are not the best for planetary. I would not mind using for daytime photography as well. I will eventually like to use backyardEOS with it.

    Canon is selling their T5 refurbished kit with two lenses for $260 shipped. I think is a great deal even if I decide to keep the lenses in the future and upgrade the body.

    Do you guys think it will be a good stater camera? Thanks

    I'm planning to get me a shorter FL refractor if I really get into it. I missed out on a great deal on a Skywatcher 80ed PRO
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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    Jayta,
    I haven't had the chance/weather to really get into AP. I have the T5i and it takes great non planetary pictures. I did put it on a tripod using a 70-300mm lens and took some very nice pictures of the moon. There are some really experienced members here who will give you some excellent advice.

    Look into a DVD by Jerry Lodriguss "A Guide to Astrophotography". It's a great go to source on learning all about AP. There are also a number of great tutorials on YouTube.

    Astrophotography 101: A Lesson Series on Photographing the Milky Way – Lonely Speck

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COlvv21gRXQ

    Good luck,
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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    That's not a bad starter dSLR, for both terrestrial and astro work. Are there better? Yes, but at that price you can do a lot of learning on very little investment. It's missing some of the bells and whistles of the T5i, but again, at $260 with 2 lenses and a year warranty on a refurb... it's a tall order to come up with more camera for less coin. As you've noted, DSO work will require a shorter FL than your C8. The 55-250mm is 'meh', though at only a $30 premium over the 1-lens kit currently on sale, it's worth the investment. The 18-55mm is distinctly under-appreciated (IMO). Good lens for walking around, and decent for lower-light work, especially with the image stabilization. With a barlow you will be able to get some 'teaser' shots of Jupiter using that camera and the BYEOS live-view video, in that you'll be able to see cloud bands, but they'll really just make you want a better camera for planetary work.

    Bottom line, it's not a bad price for a decent starter dSLR, and you'll have a 1-year warranty, vs buying used on craigslist.
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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    I couldn't afford a T5 or even the T3i, so I went for a T3 Canon and it works okay for me.

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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    Thanks for the response guys. I kinda like the deal of the T5 specially because it will be my way to learn. If I end up not liking I haven't invested a lot of money and the two lenses are good option for a beginner like me. I do also like the option of the swivel screen since it is easier to use with the scope if I just want to use the camera and not use a laptop. It does cost me more since the T5i model with one lens is $479 plus tax which brings it to $513.

    Either way I have noticed these DSLR cameras hold value very well so I can sell and upgrade the T5 or sell the T5i if I don't like it. I just have to decide if that is the way I want to go. Eventually I will get me a ZWO ASI 120 for planetary as well.
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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    Quote Originally Posted by jayta98 View Post
    Hello gang. I'm looking to purchase my 1st DLSR. I never had one so it will be a learning experience. I currently have a C8 on CGEM mount and a Z10 dob. I have the 0.63 SCT reducer for the C8. I also have the T-ring and T adapter. I'm familiar with ASPA and had got better at it this past year. I borrowed a Nikon D40 from a friend to try some AP on Orion's nebula. It was an awesome learning experience.

    I will also like to use the camera for planetary but mainly DSO's. I know DSLR's are not the best for planetary. I would not mind using for daytime photography as well. I will eventually like to use backyardEOS with it.

    Canon is selling their T5 refurbished kit with two lenses for $260 shipped. I think is a great deal even if I decide to keep the lenses in the future and upgrade the body.

    Do you guys think it will be a good stater camera? Thanks

    I'm planning to get me a shorter FL refractor if I really get into it. I missed out on a great deal on a Skywatcher 80ed PRO


    I just did the same but had the refurbished T5 shipped from Canon to Gary Honis for his full spectrum mod. I plan to first use this on my new SV80ST.
    I'll keep everyone posted on my results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baron555 View Post
    I just did the same but had the refurbished T5 shipped from Canon to Gary Honis for his full spectrum mod. I plan to first use this on my new SV80ST.
    I'll keep everyone posted on my results.
    Well they are out of stock on the T5's... So i guess if anything I have to go with the T5i or wait for another deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayta98 View Post
    Well they are out of stock on the T5's... So i guess if anything I have to go with the T5i or wait for another deal.
    Those go in and out of stock quickly, so keep checking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie223 View Post
    Jayta,
    I haven't had the chance/weather to really get into AP. I have the T5i and it takes great non planetary pictures. I did put it on a tripod using a 70-300mm lens and took some very nice pictures of the moon. There are some really experienced members here who will give you some excellent advice.

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    Astrophotography 101: A Lesson Series on Photographing the Milky Way – Lonely Speck

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COlvv21gRXQ

    Good luck,
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    Thanks for these links. I'm really enjoying the 101 lessons
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    Default Re: Canon T5 for my 1st AP DLSR?

    Quote Originally Posted by jayta98 View Post
    Thanks for these links. I'm really enjoying the 101 lessons
    Here's another one: Digital SLR Astrophotography Tutorial

    Also check out BackYard EOS. It's the camera control program that your gonna want to use.
    Check out their camera compatibility grid, all of the operations of the T5 can be controlled with one USB cable.

 

 
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