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  1. If you're planning to stay with Canon, then I would suggest just try with 5D first, and once you've taken a few reference shots, decide if you want to go to something like an 1100D or a 60Da, or a fully fledged imaging camera. The advantage: Of sticking with a Canon EF (type) body is that you can use the same Canon EF to T-adapter. You can also use your other L series lenses on the other Canon EF body for other situations (eg: you may find that the 1100D gives you better shots with an existing telephoto lens than your 5D does). The fact you already have a full frame body camera and L lenses works in your favour here. The con: If you go for a different brand body, or a dedicated imaging camera, you have to buy a new T- adapter to suit that camera. IMO this isn't actually much of a con, as a T-adapter is not that expensive. FWIW: If you're worried about artifacts at the edge of your shots (which is a common problem with the 5D anyway with a wide angle lens), then simply crop your shots. From my point of view: You're not going to lose much by giving it a try, as a T-adapter is not really a huge cost, even if it proves to be the wrong decision in the long run. Not only that, it gives you something to play with even if you decide to use something different (while whatever you're planning to go with is on it's way to you). An added advantage is if you know someone with a Canon APS-C camera is that you might be able to borrow it and give it a try and compare it against the 5D. Getting hold of a dedicated imaging camera is no where near as easy to do a test, but even comparing full frame vs APS-C may give you some really good insights that allow you to make that decision with a good degree of confidence. Note: The traditional view is that APS-C sized sensors are good for Telephoto stuff, whereas full frame are much better for wide angle shots. It'd be interesting to see just how much light you get across the full frame sensor (and from there you can tell if a 1.3x or 1.6 sensor would actually be a better fit), so if you do go this way, even just to test, please post a follow-up!
  2. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Damn the posts on this place move fast! Going to have to check more often. Doug: Yeah I hope so. It should be a good scope - only time will tell (when it finally turns up). That said, if there is anything I can modify on it to improve it, I'll be looking at doing it. I'm a tinkerer. I do know that one of the first things I'll be doing is putting reverse polarity protection on the DC input! NotSoSuperNova: Horrible lately with 35+ Deg C days and some nights where it didn't get below 24 Deg C. Been fairly clear, but too hot to do anything. Fortunately it's cooled off a bit, but of course the clouds have now rolled in. Looking forward to later in Autumn as it should cool down a bit while staying clear.
  3. Hi there! I'm in Melbourne, Australia and just getting back into astronomy properly after a small dabble then a bit of a break. Been interested in astronomy since I could pretty much see, but never had the time or money to properly follow my passion with a decent scope, just mainly with binocs and then the small spotting scope my Dad had for a while. Work and life intervened for a while there, but a change in fortunes meant I could get back into it. My partner is back at Uni doing a science degree (maths/astrophysics/astronomy), so in some way we've been enabling each other a bit. Recently had a play on a Meade LX200 (and a few other scopes) and got hooked all over again. Got a Meade LX850 on the way, though when I ordered it way back in Jan 2012 it was still known as an LX800. I've been a dabbling amateur photographer for many years (doing all sorts of stuff, but always liked experiementing with low-light photography), and so I have a Caon50D with a 500mm lens. Have shot a number of moon pics with that, but it's just not quite a long enough lens, and now wish I bought the 800mm lens instead of the 500mm I did at the time. Going to get the filter replaced in the 50D (already got a Baader filter to replace it) so I can hopefully take some better shots with it, attached to the end of a scope. My other backgrounds are computing (work and also been heavily involved with the Linux community), electronics (was work 20+ yrs ago, now a hobby) and machining (always a hobby) so will be pulling all that background into improving my astronomy experience. That's about it. Have fun!
  4. From what I'm aware of, Meade still do not have polarity protection in even the new LX850's, and it's definitely not in the LX200's. I'll know for sure Re: LX850 when mine actually turns up. *sigh*
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