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    Good choice. Good luck with it. When I bought my equipment, I went over budget also so welcome to the club.
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    Default Re: Astrophotography on very low budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leveye View Post
    Of course it's "doable" but the end results may not be satisfying. Maybe get a small tracking mount head, simple tripod and a used DSLR and prime lens under 200mm. Say 135mm 2.8
    During a recent photographic workshop session, I showed someone how to capture stars in the most basic way possible. Just laying her camera on it's back & taking a 20s exposure wide open. She seemed surprisingly satisfied to have managed anything. Someone more experienced would not find that satisfying at all. With the correct skills, images that would have been nigh impossible to achieve 10 years ago are now possible with fairly cheap equipment. I've already come across several threads here proving it.

    In photography it's often quoted that the most important component is the 9" behind the viewfinder. (i.e. The eyes/brain of the photographer) I'm sure the same is true in astronomy.
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    We are coming into the time of year when meteor showers are in abundance. It I were working on a budget astrophotography school project I think I would put the camera on a simple tripod and capture meteors while learning how to log showers for scientific research. It is a great time for simple astrophotography and is one of the few areas where citizen scientists can still produce useful data. documented my first meteor shower almost 40 years ago and still have not tired of the magic. When the showers come out this fall that's what I'll be doing, providing there are some clear, dark skies over there.

    Another beginning project I've not outgrown is simple lunar photography through the telescope. I am still fascinated at some of the lunar features that have become old friends. I enjoy watching the shadows change day by day and hour by hour.

    After those two, I guess my first DSO target might be orion's nebula. I've captured it before with a simple DSLR and 50mm lens. I think it is one of the first projects many of us take aim at. All of these are within your reach during the next couple of months.

    There is no end to how much money you can spend or how much work you can put into tweaking that last few photons possible from your target. I don't even try to make good shots. I just try to improve a little on my previous shots and have fun while doing it. I've still got lots of years to improve.
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    Thanks everyone for the big help Would be lost without you guys!
    It is all the colors of the universe, it contains miraculous phenomenons from supernovas to blackholes from nebula's to galaxies it stretches far and wide seeming endless because it is. And as much as we want to know everything about it, we simply cannot and that's what makes it beautiful.

 

 
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