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Jonathan Rees

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  1. I have the 1300D. I love it! I took action photos over the weekend at my son's (American) football game. It was the first time I used the camera for anything like that and with very few exception, the pictures turned out great. For normal and astrophotography, it seems you can't go wrong with any EOS.
  2. The thing that sold me on the DSLR was that with the telescope camera I had from Celestron (solar system imager), I couldn't get the full sun or moon in the picture frame. You can probably find a used DSLR Canon Rebel 3 for $250 (U.S. $) and add another $50-60 for the telescope adapters, focal reducer, and extension tube. It is a pricey investment, but it is worth it.
  3. I used the stock camera app. I have since purchased a phone rig that attached to the eyepiece. It still requires a little patience, but works pretty good. I have also recently purchased a DSLR. I doubt I take many more astro-pics with my iPhone...except for fun. I would like to retry the Jupiter pic and dump it into Registax to see what happens.
  4. I totally agree! For the record, I did lower the brightness, but because I was holding an iPhone up to the lens, the brightness level kept resetting. If you haven't tried, it isn't easy to take a photo that way. Still, not a bad first try.
  5. Very cool! I'm always impressed with iPhone pics. I posted one of Jupiter i took with a 7 plus (just posted it tonight. check out the top of the thread). in retrospect, I wish I had lowered the brightness a bit.
  6. Very cool. I recently acquired Registax, but I haven't had an opportunity to try it out.
  7. iPhone picture taken April 15th from central Illinois, USA. Not bad, all things considered. A few days later, I acquired a Celestron Solar Sustem Imager camera.
  8. Sorry for the huge quote, but I LOVE these last two pics. I'm just starting out, but I'd love to eventually be able to take pics like these. Very cool!
  9. Celestron came out with the EclipSmart Refracting Telescope. It's a $100, 50 mm scope that's made purely for solar observing. Here's the Amazon link (more so you can see it than for helping you buy one). Sure, you can buy a solar shield for less, but this is an all in one unit. By the way, the tripod it comes with is junk, but it gets the job done. https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-EclipSmart-Certified-Refracting-22060/dp/B000051TN6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1501969944&sr=1-1&keywords=Celestron+EclipSmart+ISO+Certified%2C+2017+North+American+Total+Solar+Eclipse+Refracting+Telescope%2C+White+(22060) The picture below was taken on July 15 around 3:00-ish. The scope is the one described above. The camera is the Celestron 93709 NexImage Solar System Imager.
  10. I may have answered my own question based on Bright Giant's equation. The short answer is (I believe): it wouldn't hurt, but it might be close.
  11. Thanks, everyone! One last question. I bought a Canon Rebel T6 DSLR. I have also purchased the required telescope mount. Will I still need a focal reducer? The Rebel's sensor size seems to be 22.3 x 14.9 mm.
  12. How big of a sensor? I was wondering if there was exponential growth as sensors go up. I'm looking at a camera that is 5.7mm x 4.28mm. Perhaps you can provide me the equation i need.
  13. I should have done this a long time ago. 

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    2. Jonathan Rees

      Jonathan Rees

      Sorry for the suspense, but you may be disappointed to learn that by "this," I mean "join Stargazers Lounge." 

    3. Mr niall

      Mr niall

      Oh I see, well I'm still relieved to find out! Good choice btw


    4. Jonathan Rees

      Jonathan Rees

      Thanks! The immediate help and information overload I received certainly made it worthwhile. 

  14. Help! With the eclipse approaching, I am trying to get a full sun disk with my Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager through my Celestron NexStar 5se telescope. I am a teacher and can't take off what will be the first day of school. However, I can live stream the eclipse for the school. The problem is, my camera only gives me a view of (roughly) 25-ish % of the sun. I have a focal reducer (.5), though it is a cheap one. I tried using it with the camera, but I couldn't tell a difference. Do I need an eyepiece extension? Whatever I do, I need to do as cheap as possible--makes for a happier marriage. Incidentally, I am very much considering upgrading to the Meade Instruments 07545 LX f/6.3 Focal Reducer and Field Flattener, but I'm not sure if it will help if I'm not using it correctly (I'm not even sure a focal reducer will help at all to make the sun smaller). Technical stuff you might need to know: Camera: 1280x720 resolution, 3.0 micron square pixel size, sensor size is 3.86mm x 2.18 mm Telescope: Schmidt-Cassegrain, 125 mm aperture, apparent field of view 1 inch, focal length is 1250 mm I appreciate any help you can offer! I'm fairly tech savy, but pretty much every place I've visited speaks in a technical vernacular that's above my experience.
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