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asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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the law is no protection
I think it's time I got a dslr for astrophotography. I'd like to go as cheap as possible since I just spent a good amount of money on my motorcycle. should I just look for a used rebel xs?
andre's avatar
9 years ago
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andre
How much is as cheap as possible?
dannyp's avatar
9 years ago
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dannyp
dʎuuɐp
yeah probably a rebel. afaik nikons suck at keeping the shutter open for bulb.
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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yeah, this guy likes canons better too I think.

andre: it's as cheap as I can get a decent dslr in decent shape.
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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there's one on ebay right now for 380 buy it now and it looks barely used. I might grab that.
nestor's avatar
9 years ago
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dslr is 1/10th the cost of a good scope and mount to take decent shots of deep sky objects like clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. stay away from astro if you're on a budget.
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9 years ago
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oh, and for the record, nikons are terrible for astro - you need to go canon.

i know a bit because my dad has spent about 15 grand on this stuff.
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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I already have a scope.
Carpetsmoker's avatar
9 years ago
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Martin
What scope do you have brian?

I am quite interested in Astronomy, but I never did any "Stargazing" myself, I'm afraid I'll find it disappointing compared to the beauty we get from Hubble ...
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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haha, it is a little disappointing compared to that.

I have a meade model 2045. I think it was manufactured in 1985 (same year as my motorcycle!) so it's pretty old, but it has a motorized base and stuff so it should work for astrophotography. I got some new eyepieces for it too which I haven't tried out yet. I need to figure a way to strap it to my motorcycle.
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9 years ago
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Martin
So what do you look at?
You point it at the sky. Look at a star or two, the crab nebula, the moon, go "oooohhhh" and "aaaahhhhh" and then what happens?
andre's avatar
9 years ago
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andre
Shutter button is pressed.
dannyp's avatar
9 years ago
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preceded with probably some math and physics theory talks on imaging and movement of celestial bodies ♥

i'm kind of curious what kind of motorized base it has :)
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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carpetsmoker: there's a lot more to look at than that! there are a ton of cool deep sky objects.

the base is just some battery operated thing. I took it apart a while ago and cleaned the gears. it didn't look to complicated.
Étrangère's avatar
9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
Did you get it, asemi?
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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argh, not yet. I was hoping it would show up today.
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9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
bumpity-bump-bump
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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it's here! now I'm waiting on a t-adapter because the one I have is for nikon cameras.
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9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
So I don't think you ever said what kind of camera it is...I'm curious what you got for $380
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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oh, it's just a rebel xs/1000d
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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serious lack of good observing locations in boston is killing me.
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9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
A late-night drive out of the city on your motorcycle could be pretty awesome :-J
phi_'s avatar
9 years ago
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... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
They are really awesome.

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?ftid=0x864128c9311d60c7 :0xacbe9f40ec247e75&q=Katy+Hockley+Cut+off+Road+%26+FM+529&hl=en&ved=0CA4Q-gswAA&sa=X&ei=4LAtTu-LG4LqyQWpssHyBA

Head north from there and you have my favorite night time ride. :)
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9 years ago
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Martin
^ tinyurl.com :-)
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9 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
NEVER
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9 years ago
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andre
So Asemi what do you have to show us?
asemisldkfj's avatar
9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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nothing :(. the night sky isn't very easy to see from boston. and the only light-pollution free place I've traveled this summer had trees obscuring the north star so it was next to impossible to polar align my telescope.