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  1. #1
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    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    I want to use my Nikon D5300 for Astrophotography. I currently have the 18-140mm and the 18-300mm Nikon Lenses. I have been told that Wide Angle is better for this kind of shooting so I am considering the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras or the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon Cameras).

    i can't decide which is better. Would someone with such experience please give me some guidance.

    thank you

    herbert


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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    I use my 14-24mm f/2.8G for most of my star photography and while I shoot at the maximum width of 14mm, it still requires a panorama to capture most of the Milky Way. That said, I think you'll find the 35mm DX (which is really more of a 50mm) not as useful as a wider lens.

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    AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED; AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G; AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G; AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VRII; AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII;

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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?
    One thing I have to say on the subject is that the 18-55mm “kit lens” that came with my D3200—probably similar to the one that came with your D5300—is almost completely useless for this application, due to the inability to precisely set the focus manually at infinity. I imagine that the same is probably true of many other autofocus lenses that provide only a very token, imprecise form of manual focusing.

    You definitely want a lens that you can reliably, precisely set to infinity. I'd be surprised if there are any manual-focus lenses that do not have this attribute, and probably any of the higher-end autofocus lenses probably do as well.

    The picture below was taken using an ancient (c. late 1960s to early 1970s) Nikkor 28mm ƒ3.5 lens mounted to my D3200. The bright star near the lower edge and left of center is one that you must never take lightly, nor make jokes about. It's Sirius!

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?-orionsirius_20131006_032008.jpg
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  4. #4
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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Thanks to both of you for your assistance. I suspected my current kit would not suffice. I went ahead and ordered the 14-24mm Nikon Lens.
    if you have any further advice I would gladly welcome it. FYI I plan to photograph using the iOptron Sky Watcher with this.

    Herbert

  5. #5
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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    This may be too late since you have already ordered your lens but I've had great results with the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens for Astrophotography. I had been using a 24 but the 14 offers so much more of the sky and with the ability to go as long as 30-35 second shutter speeds, the needed ISO is so much lower and less noisy. I'm sure the 14-24 will do the same but it costs over three times as much. Good luck!

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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?
    This is Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 on FX.

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?-14623218007_dd57f74b14_o.jpg

  7. #7
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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    If you are serious about Astro-Photography, I suggest that you invest in a good telescope and an adapter for Nikon F mount. There are some great no frills telescopes which have much better bang for bucks and resolving power compared to camera lenses. You get both high power F11, as well as wide field F2 telescopes today.
    Celestron Cassegrain Telescopes | Telescope.com: Celestron
    D300, D3300
    105F2.8 AIS, 70-300 G, 50F1.8 AF, 16-85G ED VR, 18-55DX VRII, AFS DX 35mm F1.8
    2 x SB-800

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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Murray View Post
    This is Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 on FX.

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?-14623218007_dd57f74b14_o.jpg



    How long long was this exposure Scott?
    Nikon D3200
    18-55 kit lens
    55-200 kit lens
    50mm Nikkor

  9. #9
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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?
    Quote Originally Posted by get_armbarred View Post
    How long long was this exposure Scott?
    Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?-screenshot-2014-08-25-22.57.18.png

  10. #10
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    Re: Which Lens is Best for Astrophotography?

    Sorry about that. That's pretty awesome for 20 seconds.
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    Nikon D3200
    18-55 kit lens
    55-200 kit lens
    50mm Nikkor





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