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Easily catch some rad planetary detail at 600mm. 800mm too...but you'll start losing detail rapidly once you start stacking teleconverters.

You really don't want to cheap out on a telescope...absolutely nothing from a department store will do. Orion, however, makes some incredible telescopes for astrophotgraphy that won't break the bank. Check out their newtonian reflector astrograph line. I'm still using a rich field 120st (refractor) that's not bad at all...once my replacement mounts arrive.
I haven't performed any astrophotography since my film camera days...still have my first SLR, a Minolta Maxxum, too.

Dobs aren't the best choice without proper tracking systems/mounts...not for deep sky, anyway.
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You sure will. I was able to snag pictures of Jupiter that show the striped atmosphere and 4 Galilean moons @ 600mm. On a 4x6 photo, it's about the size of a dime. Saturn should also be a viable subject. thumb.gif

Now I'm really excited!

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Easily catch some rad planetary detail at 600mm. 800mm too...but you'll start losing detail rapidly once you start stacking teleconverters.
You really don't want to cheap out on a telescope...absolutely nothing from a department store will do. Orion, however, makes some incredible telescopes for astrophotgraphy that won't break the bank. Check out their newtonian reflector astrograph line. I'm still using a rich field 120st (refractor) that's not bad at all...once my replacement mounts arrive.
I haven't performed any astrophotography since my film camera days...still have my first SLR, a Minolta Maxxum, too.
Dobs aren't the best choice without proper tracking systems/mounts...not for deep sky, anyway.

I figured that detail might begin to suffer when stacking teleconverters, just now sure how much.

I've got an old Minolta MD-11, with many lenses, so I'm getting a cheap adapter to see how they'll work on the 60D ($20 isn't that bad).
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OK, I'll throw my hat in the ring. These are my only surviving photos from the 1987 Texas Star Party. All shots were taken with a Nikon FE2 with a standard 50mm lens on ISO 64 Fuji slide film. All exposures are 60 minutes. Camera was piggy backed onto an old Celestron C8. The slides were digitally scanned about 7 years ago.


First up, the Milky Way in Sagittarius.


Next up is NGC 7000, the North American Nebula in Cygnus


Last is Collinder 399 (The Coat Hanger Asterism) in Vulpecula. I've circled the actual pattern.

    
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I haven't performed any astrophotography since my film camera days...still have my first SLR, a Minolta Maxxum, too.
Dobs aren't the best choice without proper tracking systems/mounts...not for deep sky, anyway.

you still got any of the maxxum glass?
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Now I'm really excited!
I figured that detail might begin to suffer when stacking teleconverters, just now sure how much.
I've got an old Minolta MD-11, with many lenses, so I'm getting a cheap adapter to see how they'll work on the 60D ($20 isn't that bad).

SR to EOS mount requires a glass element for infinity focus...
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You really don't want to cheap out on a telescope...absolutely nothing from a department store will do. Orion, however, makes some incredible telescopes for astrophotgraphy that won't break the bank.

I have an orion and love it. I would recommend them completely. my only regret was not going with the computerized one
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OK, I'll throw my hat in the ring. These are my only surviving photos from the 1987 Texas Star Party. All shots were taken with a Nikon FE2 with a standard 50mm lens on ISO 64 Fuji slide film. All exposures are 60 minutes. Camera was piggy backed onto an old Celestron C8. The slides were digitally scanned about 7 years ago.
First up, the Milky Way in Sagittarius.
Next up is NGC 7000, the North American Nebula in Cygnus
Last is Collinder 399 (The Coat Hanger Asterism) in Vulpecula. I've circled the actual pattern.

These are incredible!

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SR to EOS mount requires a glass element for infinity focus...

The mount has a glass element to allow for infinity focus.
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you still got any of the maxxum glass?..

Might, actually.

Not sure if 35mm or 50mm...i'll have to dig. smile.gif
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Might, actually.
Not sure if 35mm or 50mm...i'll have to dig. smile.gif

orly? the 35mm is worth a pretty penny
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Yeah...if it's indeed the 35mm...

Brb.
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Welp, it's not the 35...it is indeed the 50mm.

oieouh.jpg

Ahh...the memories that came flooding back.

Tis been a while.
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