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  1. I have owned an 8" Celestron for 25 years and a couple of years ago upgraded my mount to an Exos-2 GOTO mount, love it, but until recently have taken only film pictures. I enjoy taken time exposures of nebula and star clusters etc. attaching my camera to the scope via a telextender thus allowing for wide angle shots. 2 years ago I dipped my toe into digital water and bought a £50 Orion planetary camera to get the feel of going digital. All well and good, I got some nice close ups of the moon and some fairly decent shots of Jupiter. However it is very limiting and I want to have the range I previously had with my old film camera. This is where I need some help, I want to restrict my budget to £200 but will go to £300 if necessary. I realise that spending over a £1000 is not unusual, but way too much for my limited means. Don't mind buying second hand if that will provide the camera necessary, but prefer a lower cost new one. So which camera do I buy and can I assume I can get a 'T" ring, if that is what they are still called, to attach it to my scope? I already have Registax and Photoshop for processing. I have only just started looking but it seems that digital cameras with detachable lenses can be very costly. Any advice would be really appreciated as I can't afford to make a costly mistake and buy an unsuitable camera. Just one last thing. I have read comments from other members describing how they got their pics and have not a clue what they are talking about, it's a foreign language to me. Dark screen, subtract this and that, I have no idea. I am getting too old to learn all this new complicated stuff. Can I not just buy an ordinary digital camera, screw it to my scope and set the time exposure? Or is that too simple and just a pipe dream? It's just that I look at their fabulous pics and go green with envy and wish I could take pics like that! But surely I can with the right camera? At the moment I get the impression I need a university degree to get a good pic of say the Orion nebula. With film it was so easy, just had to get the scope correctly polar aligned and select the right exposure time! But my very best film pic of Orion I used to be so proud of is as nothing compared to modern digital pics of same, the fine detail now shown is simply stunning! thanks. Keith
  2. pixelsaurus

    Comet Lovejoy

    From the album: Pix pix

    Predawn sky December 25 2011. 30 sec, Tokina 28-80mm @ 28mm, f/3.5,Pentax *ist DS, ISO 3200. Otaki Beach,NZ.

    © Mike Nicholon 2011

  3. pixelsaurus

    Transit Of Venus

    From the album: Pix pix

    One of 2 times Venus peeked through the clag. Unfiltered Pentax FAJ 75-300mm @ 300mm, F/40, Pentax *ist DS, ISO 200, EV -2.

    © Mike Nicholson 2012

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