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DSLR or a dedicated camera under 130$?

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I was looking to get into astrophotography with my 10 inch dobson and for start would like to buy something affordable. Cameras can be used or new. Thanks in advance!

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Hi

Is your dob mount static or motorised.

I'm tempted to say canon 550d because of the video crop mode. Canon has great connectivity to astro tools. Video is more likely to be used on Moon and planets.

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Unfortunately I don't have the motorised mount but I will stack images in DSS. Thank you on replying!

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No point in splashing money out on expensive dedicated cameras if you don't have a motorised mount.  You would not get a dedicated camera except for maybe a cheap 2nd hand planetary camera for under 130$ anyway.

You would be best using a webcam of some sort for planetary if you have no tracking, but if you already have a DSLR then it is worth giving it a go.

Carole 

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6 hours ago, carastro said:

You would not get a dedicated camera except for maybe a cheap 2nd hand planetary camera for under 130$ anyway.

+1 for the webcam or planetary camera.  I've seen the ASI120mc advertised at $149 which is close to your budget.  This would get you started with planetary imaging which is a lot more affordable than deep sky stuff.

John

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But you'll need to use it with a pc or laptop or perhaps a windows tablet.

You could if you had an Android device use a UVC supported webcam and an Android webcam app, I paid about $10 for the cheap webcam I bought and it was good enough for the Moon (it wasn't sensitive enough for Jupiter or I didn't aim the telescope in the right place). Something to read up on.

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