Astrophotography Intro

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  1. Isidore

    Isidore SS.org Regular

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    Kinda new here (again) and wanted to share my latest non-musical hobby... Astrophotography. I shot this with a standard DSLR and 70-300mm lens (no telescope). It was sitting on my telescope's tracking head (Celestron AVX) and this is a combination of ~20min of exposure (combinations of 30s exposures). Anyhoo... hope you all enjoy.

     
  2. bostjan

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    That's awesome.

    When I was a kid, I used to do this with film. I used hydrogen gas to make the film expose faster and got extremely mixed results. I never got any photos of deep space objects anywhere near that quality. A big part of my problem was that I was using a 4" refraction telescope, which just doesn't grab as much light, but it has better magnification, so I was able to get a few decent shots of Jupiter, Saturn, and even Mars, and a few shots of the lunar surface with mylar filters. ...and a whole lot of wasted film.

    The fact that you got that without a telescope is super impressive, to me, at least. What telescope(s) do you have, though?
     
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    Awesome!! I eventually will get the gas filters.
    My rig:
    Celestron 6" SCT (Schmidt-Cassegrain)
    ZWO ASI120-MC
    Orion Starshoot Autoguider w/ guide scope
    Celestron StarSense Polar Alignment
    Nikon D5500 (crop sensor)
    Nikon 70-300mm lens
    Nikon "nifty fifty" (50mm prime, f/1.8 man focus)f
     
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    Nice, the most I've done about this was shooting the moon. Got some decent photos with my old trusty DSLR Canon camera...
     
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