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Everything posted by oldannie

  1. Hi Dave - two of my lenses are 'G' type (including my 300mm f/2.8) whilst my wide angle is 'D' type. I will see if anyone will modify a nikon. Whilst I've never considered myself 'normal' I may on this occasion see what that's like and buy a modified canon and refractor but hope to have fun experimenting with my Nikon! Thanks for responding . Annie
  2. Guy - I forgot to say have had a quick look at your link - thanks very much, it may well be useful. Annie
  3. It's something I'm going to try. It seems with astrophotography the possibilities are endless!! Cheers Annie
  4. Hi Guy - thanks for your reply - I wasn't intending to have my full frame D600 modified as it's my main camera for my general photography but thought about buying more of an entry level Nikon and having that modified but haven't been able to find anyone who modifies Nikon cameras. You're right about the low noise characteristics the D600 has but I didn't know I would need a big flattener or reducer on a telescope and I don't understand what would be a 'full frame capable telescope'? Perhaps as you suggest it would be more sensible to go for the Skywatcher ED80 which I had in mind anyway and a modified Canon. Cheers Annie
  5. Am just starting with astrophotography and have made a gentle start just seeing what my Nikon D600 can do with some of my lenses and have been having fun imaging the moon and Milky Way with some decent results just on a photographic tripod. Am intending to buy an HEQ5 pro shortly with a view to using a DSLR on it and getting used to that before looking to buy a telescope - probably a small refractor. Although have looked at the notion of buying a Canon to have modded and an adapter to enable me to use my Nikon lenses as some of them are very good glass some of the reviews of adapters suggest they can present difficulties so I was wondering if before I go down the Canon road there is anyone who modifies Nikon cameras? have not had much joy so far! Cheers Annie
  6. Glad you asked that question - really helpful for me too! Annie
  7. I'm just in the process of buying a Canon DSLR and have decided on a 600d which I can get new for just under £300 and modded for about £140. I think the kit lens, 18-55mm is not bad at all for starters. I've been using Nikon with an expensive f/2.8 17-35mm lens and have some nice images of the milky way already at between 19 and 21mm. But hey I'm a very newbie so what do I know!! Annie
  8. Thanks all for your help - have decided to go for a new Canon 600d which I can get for just under £300 and then have it modified by Andy. Thanks again. Annie
  9. Have now looked at Astronomiser and CheapAstro - plenty of choice. The Canon 600d is about £150 more expensive than the 1100d. I could afford the 600d but is it worth the extra £150? Both cameras are being advertised as new cameras? Cheers Annie
  10. I want to buy a modified Canon 1000d/1100d and have not had much success in the second hand market. Have only just come across Astronomiser on-line and though it will cost a bit more it would seem to be an ideal solution for me. Have read some very good reviews but nothing recent. It all sound good - is there any reason I can't buy from this site with confidence. Would appreciate your comments. Cheers Annie (am beginning to wish I hadn't added 'old' to my user name!!
  11. Thanks Guys - very helpful. Hope to at least something by eye from a comfy seat and a down jacket! Thanks again Annie
  12. As a total novice hoping to buy my first motorised mount later this year I thought I might try some meteor photography (Perseid) in August (in-spite of the possibility of a bright waning gibbous moon) using my existing DSLR and wide angle lens. August Sky at Night Magazine outlines a process using 10sec exposures with a remote control using continuous shutter mode. Whilst I can test most of this process out beforehand and am aware of the complications of moonlight, I have no idea about the length of time I should leave the camera to get on with it - at the risk of showing my ignorance is there such a thing as a reasonable minimum? Would appreciate some help. Thanks Annie
  13. Thanks guys - already have Steve Richard's book but will be sure to look at StuartJPP's images.
  14. I'm very new to both astronomy and astrophotography so it's going to be a steep learning curve (at my age it's going to have to be!!). Am not new to photography and initially hope to explore what I can do with my Nikon D600, 50mm f1.4 lens, 17-35mm f2.8 and 300mm f2.8 lens and teleconverters providing up to 600mm focal length. I'm intending to do a lot of research and learning during the summer months with a view to buying an EQ mount in the winter, possibly an HE Q5 Pro Synscan and getting used to that before venturing into a telescope. At this stage my interest lies in the solar system. Looking forward to being party of the forums and making some progress but no doubt will be asking lots of questions! Any advice will always be welcome. Cheers Annie
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