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    Hello,

    My interest in astrophotography goes back to 1985 when eveyone was excited about the return of Halley's Comet. I built a small observatory around a used C-11 and began shooting Hypered Kodak 2415 film with a conventional Nikon FM2. Exposures were always too short and guiding was never tight enough, but it was always exciting.

    After only a few brief years, I had to move and gave up the hobby until recently. Now it's a digital world and the decision making process when selecting equipment is very complex. I am about to spend some bucks on a camera, but need help in making a choice I won't regret.

    I scanned a lot of threads, but didn't find quite the info I was looking for. If somebody can point me to the right discussion, I have questions . . . so many questions.

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    Hi RA and welcome to our forums. Have a look at the AstroPhotography forums. Most folk use a Canon camera. EOS range mainly ( 450D,550D , 1000D to name a few ) . Main reason for Canon ? , Cost and low noise , although I read a review about the Nikon D700 that actually beat ( grrrrr ! ) the EOS 5D MKII, the Nikon was slightly chearper as well .

    BTW , from a Canon user, that was hard to type !!

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    Hello and welcome to the forums..Alex.
    What type of imaging are you looking at doing?
    What size budget. You can spend well over £10,000 on this hobby and still not have all that you need..

    Very important to look seriously at what kind of mount you want to have. For astrophotography a decent gem is almost a must....
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    Well, for awhile I'm going to stick with the mount I have - a Skyview Pro Goto. I suspect it is adequate for relatively short exposures and light loads (15 lbs or so). I have a Meade DSI II Pro that I intend to use with an Orion ST-80 and PHD Guiding. This year, I will just shoot through an AT-66 refractor since it is a decent piece of glass and is light weight and short focal length which will help with the inadequacies of the SVP mount.

    My dilema is what to do for an imaging camera. I have a Canon DSLR that I could have modified. I could invest in an Orion Star Shoot (mono or color). I could buy a cheapie ccd for a guide a camera and image with the Meade DSI II Pro.

    I don't like the low res on my Meade, I don't like the low sensitivity on the Canon and I don't see a clear choice between the two Orion imagers. I would like to shoot some nebulae, some galaxys, not so many clusters, little or no solar system stuff.

 

 

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