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G-James

Choosing a DSLR camera

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Hello all

I am wanting to get into astrophotograpy, particularly DSO's and widefield views, but don't have a huge budget (£300).

Can anyone recommend a camera with full manual settings that could be bought for under £300. Secondhand is good too, but please say how much they are likely to cost.

Many thanks

G-James :)

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What's the difference between the 1000D and the 1100D? Please.

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The 1100D is the newer model. It has higher pixel count (12MP vs 10MP on the 1000D) which is not necessarily better for AP. The 1100D also has HD video capability whereas the 1000D doesn't do video.

The downside of the 1100D is that it does not seem to support mirror lock-up. And it's quite new so will take some time to come up second hand...

There is a handy EOS comparison matrix at the bottom of this Wikipedia page:

Canon EOS 1000D - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Good post and some great advice on this thread. Thanks guys.

I too am looking to get a DLSR for xmas for DSO's et all.

(from my wife, but she does not know it yet :D ).

This will all add to my research.

Lee

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Hi I am quite new in this too but I got second hand 30D and I am very happy with it plus it was 200Euro with lense and all

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Canon 1100D mirror lockup is available:

Mirror lock up is found in the camera's menu system under custom function 8.

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...just picked up a EOS-20D from fleabay for 120notes... don't forget to factor in a proper wide dslr/scope adaptor - there's no point getting a APS-C sensor and then putting on a 1.25" nosepiece (or be prepared for gradients).

I'd recommend sticking with Canon as you can easily computer control it (Nebulosity et al) and the high ISO performance is good. Also you can also get it Ha modded from Astronomiser if you fancy grabbing magenta in M42.

Most importantly - what scope is this to be paired with? What mount?

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