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    Smile Some astrophotography

    Hi,

    I've been into astrophotography for a couple years now and although still very much travelling that learning curve been quite happy with some of my results.

    Living in johannesburg makes this hobby exceptionally difficult.

    Here are some of my images all taken with my equipment from my backyard on the west rand.

    If there are some other avid astronomers and astrophotographers out there, lets see some of your photos, maybe we can learn something from one another...
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    Nice.

    Do you screw the camera to the eyepiece of a telescope? Or what type of equipment do you use?

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    I've got a specifically made astronomy camera made by SBIG. But you can connect any DSLR to a telescope using a t-adapter.
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    Sorry, didn't answer the second question. Currently I have Celestron CGEM mount with Sky-Watcher Equinox 80ED telescope.

    Hoping to upgrade to something a bit bigger in the near future. What equipment are you using?
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    This is awesome!

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    Thanks... Much appreciated.
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    Cool!

    I've never really tried this before. I was thinking of going the adapater route with my DSLR one day when I have the time to spend on it.

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    Brandon, you have by the looks of it travelled quiet far down the learning curve of astrophotography as it is not so easy to get the quality of pics you have. We have a Meade telescope with a T mount for a DSLR but the motor drive of the telescope is not strong enough to handle the heavy camera.

    A mate of mine got himself a telescope CCD camera which we mounted and we got some so so images. One of the problems we do have up here is cloud cover.....we have not had a clear sky since early December. Then from June onwards the smoke and dust from all the fires makes it impossible to get clear views so we kind of lost interest.

    Very nice pictures....well done!!

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    Awesome Brandon..

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    I wish, been scratching the lotto tickets for years!

    If your DSLR is too heavy for your scope you can always start with planetary photography and the moon, that's where I started before being able to get a mount that could handle the weight. NexImager's from Celestron are excellent!

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    has anybody had any luck with using a reflector for astrophotography?

    i went and bought a gps reflector, a celestron nexstar 130 SLT but now when i phoned around for the adapter everybody told me reflectors are no good for taking pics want to connect my canon slr
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    Brandon, those are awesome pics. I would love to get into that technical detail of astrophotography but, sadly, the bank manager says "don't even think about it".

    I have to restrict myself to my EOS450 and set long exposure times on either the standard 50mm or 70-300mm lenses. Here are a couple of my pics, which look very amateurish compared to yours.
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    There is chap on our photo group (FB) that also plays with this, and he uses a 5D MK2, with the 300mm f2.8 and stacks 2x converters, if I remember correctly he uses 2 2x and 1 1x converter with amazing results. (Look on ODP galleries, http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/galler...Chris%20Fourie)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    There is chap on our photo group (FB) that also plays with this, and he uses a 5D MK2, with the 300mm f2.8 and stacks 2x converters, if I remember correctly he uses 2 2x and 1 1x converter with amazing results. (Look on ODP galleries, http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/galler...Chris%20Fourie)
    "Give that man a Bells"..............yuck..wouldn't touch the stuff myself, give me a good 10yr Islay single malt.

    Chris's photos are brilliant! All of a sudden I want me one of those equatorial mounts. It's amazing to think that he does all that with just a 300mm lens at most. The biggest difference though, I see, is that he can set his ISO rating to 25600, but my EOS450 can only be set to 1600....
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    Seen some more stunning ones from Chris, with full descriptions of the stacking, have searched but cannot find it.

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    Awesome pics Brandon!
    Taken from your garden in the West Rand?
    If I'm not mistaken one can see the Horsehead nebula in the first pic? Simply beautiful!

    Steven, I love star trails and you have great success!

    Some more pics please guys?
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    single 30sec exposure nikon d3000 and sigma 300 iso100
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    one I took last night....

    16 stacked shots, 20sec each at f/5.6 ISO-3200 with a EOS1100D

    I used deepskystacker to do the stacking with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #Rotor View Post
    one I took last night....
    Wow!! Great image!! Thanks for the heads-up on DeepSkyStacker...going to download and try that out tonight...
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    Amazing photos! Makes me want to buy another telescope. Post more please

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