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  1. #1
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    Astrophotography gear?

    I am wanting to explore astrophotography. I am interested in shots of the moon, large planets, milky way, and would like to get ready for the next eclipse coming here in about 6 yrs.

    Reading up the internet seems to go in all directions.

    I have a D3200, and currently the kit 18-55 and 55-200 along a 50mm yongnuo.

    For the moon (and the sun, with filter) I understand about 600mm to 800mm would be great (correct me if I am wrong)

    For milky-way a wider lens would help as long as it can easily focus to infinity.

    Should I look into getting geared up to a telescope, or focus on camera lens?
    I see many non-brand 400-600mm manual focus lens, or very pricey af-s nikon ones...

    Opinions would be greatly welcomed, or any guidance.

    Thanks a lot.


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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    If you want to image planets and deep space objects, you need a telescope. I don't know if you can get much detail even on Saturn or Jupiter with just a 600mm lens.

    You can start with a good wide-angle lens and steady tripod. Astrophotography is better at a dark-site on a night of "good seeing."

    Take a look at the Cloudy Nights website. It is a message board for amateur astronomers, and there is a section on astrophotography and a beginner section as well.

    https://www.cloudynights.com/index
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    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    @Moab Man took some awsome solar eclipse images. I am sure he can point you in the right direction.

    I was looking back at the Cloudy Nights site. I haven't been on that site in years. It is probably going to be overwhelming, but if you decide to really get into astrophotography, it would be a good place for you.
    Good luck.
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    "Remember to gaze up at the night sky because there is a little bit of the cosmos in each of us."


    Um yeahhhh, I shoot a lot of pics of my dogs.
    D500 (DOB 05/26/17), D300, D80, D100 R.I.P., SB-800

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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Thanks for the pointers

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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Astrophotography gear?
    Is this the kind of stuff you're looking to shoot? If it is I will be happy to help. Let me know.


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    Prime: Nikon 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm f/1.8G, 300mm f/4
    Wide Angle: Tokina AT-X116 Pro DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon f/2.8 14mm (chipped)
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  6. #6
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    Is this the kind of stuff you're looking to shoot? If it is I will be happy to help. Let me know.


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    Yes! that would be exactly what I'd like to achieve.

    Reading online is a bit overwhelming, and it seems nobody has similar opinions.

    If you'd have any guidance to offer, I'd really appreciate.

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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Astrophotography gear?
    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    Is this the kind of stuff you're looking to shoot? If it is I will be happy to help. Let me know.


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    What focal length did you use for the Milky Way shot? The EXIF isn't showing up for some reason.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    @hark

    14mm Rokinon
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    D5100, D7100, D600, D750, Df
    Lenses: Nikon DX 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD & 200-500mm
    Prime: Nikon 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm f/1.8G, 300mm f/4
    Wide Angle: Tokina AT-X116 Pro DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon f/2.8 14mm (chipped)
    Macro: Nikon 40mm, Tamron 90mm
    ​Flash: Nissin MARK II Di622
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Astrophotography gear?
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    Milkyway photography first.

    Milkyway photography comes down to two things. First, finding dark night sky without light pollution. This can be incredibly difficult because what appears to be dark sky to you may not be to the camera. I see you're in Montreal. Lots of city lights.

    Here is a link that is roughly accurate to where you can find dark sky: DarkSiteFinder.com - Light Pollution Map

    Second, Milkyway photos look good because of the edit. Truth be told, they look like crap until you work the magic. Here is a straight out of camera jpg of the Milkyway. If you want to post or private message me an email address and I will send you this raw file to work with to learn because the edit is the hardest part to learn.

    I will come back to cover a different one of the photos later.

    Astrophotography gear?-w_dfg_0638_rawmilkyway.jpg
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    D5100, D7100, D600, D750, Df
    Lenses: Nikon DX 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD & 200-500mm
    Prime: Nikon 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm f/1.8G, 300mm f/4
    Wide Angle: Tokina AT-X116 Pro DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon f/2.8 14mm (chipped)
    Macro: Nikon 40mm, Tamron 90mm
    ​Flash: Nissin MARK II Di622
    Stuff: Expodisc Neutral & Portrait
    ​Editing: CS6, CC, Nik Tools, Portrait Pro 12, Topaz
    Spyder4Pro
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/122672034@N04/

  10. #10
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    Re: Astrophotography gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    @Yan Lauzon

    Milkyway photography first.

    Milkyway photography comes down to two things. First, finding dark night sky without light pollution. This can be incredibly difficult because what appears to be dark sky to you may not be to the camera. I see you're in Montreal. Lots of city lights.

    Here is a link that is roughly accurate to where you can find dark sky: DarkSiteFinder.com - Light Pollution Map

    Second, Milkyway photos look good because of the edit. Truth be told, they look like crap until you work the magic. Here is a straight out of camera jpg of the Milkyway. If you want to post or private message me an email address and I will send you this raw file to work with to learn because the edit is the hardest part to learn.

    I will come back to cover a different one of the photos later.

    Astrophotography gear?-w_dfg_0638_rawmilkyway.jpg
    Yeah, Montréal sucks for light pollution. It's worst than New York despite lower population. I live in the suburbs and see it's light pollution bleeding here. There are spots farther away we're it's a lesser problem. I won't be able to take those shots every day for sure, but I'd like to be prepared for when I get out there.

    I should have thought the post process had a lot to do... I'll exercise that before the summer, then!

    I'll pm you me email, thanks a lot!


    To get these, can I use my kit 18-55 (at 18mm) or would the aperture be in the way? Would a 50mm 1.8 be any better? Or should I start trying to find a 14mm? Or another wide angle at large aperture? (Im thinking an older one, since it's going to be used manual anyway)

    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by Yan Lauzon; 03-03-2018 at 01:42 PM.





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