Good digital camera for astro-photography?
ScottDT wrote:I am interested in buy a digital camera that is suitable for some basic astrophotography (major planets, the moon, brighter deep sky objects). Any recommendations? I would like to keep it at $500 or below (preferrably around $300). :?:
Thanks for your interest in our astrophotography and digitscoping products!
It is not easy to get the a digital camera and a camera adapter within your $300 budget. A good digital camera normally costs more than that.
Normally we recommend a 35mm film camera or a digital SRL camera, and then you can use a standard T-mount adapter and a "T-mount-to-your-camera ring" to connect your telescope system for astrophotography or a spotting scope for digiscoping..
Then of course, there are other ways to set a nice telephoto lens system,
One method is to use a regular consumer point-n-shoot digital camera and connect it to a telescope or a spotting scope via a Scoptronix adapter specifically designed for that camera. Normally such adapters are not cheap, but you get the benefit of reusing your existing digital camera.
Another method is to get a Bausch & Lomb Discoverer Spotting Scope or Bushnell NatureView Spotting scope that have a specific spotting scope camera adapter / camera mount system developed by Bushnell that is available for all major SLR cameras by Pentax, Minolta, Canon, and Nikon.
For the best professional results nothing can beat Swarovski Spotting Scopes 80mm and 65mm Spotting scopes with HD High Definition Glass and original Swarovski Spotting scopes Digiscoping camera adapters. Swarovski DCA Digiscoping Adaptor For Digital Cameras is designed for Nikon consumer digital cameras and many other cameras and camcorders as long as they support 28mm,37mm, or 43mm thread. Swarovski TLS 800 35mm Camera Adapter is one of the finest 35mm SLR Camera photo adapters designed to work with most Digital SLR cameras and 35mm film SLR cameras.
The Swarovski spotting scope setup is not cheap, but it produces truly amazing results, and the customer reviews have been great.
On the other end of the price spectrum there are super popular Digital Camera binoculars.
http://www.OpticsPlanet.com/digital-cam ... ulars.html
Please be realistic and do not expect the picture quality of a less than a $100 Digital Binoculars camera to be on par with your $1500 Canon Digital SLR camera or a $3000 Swarovski Telephoto Lens setup. The pictures that you can take with a modern Digital binocular camera are more than fine for sending over the Internet a picture of a bird that you saw birdwatching or your son playing football. While National Geographic or Sports Illustrated might rejected your pictures taken with a pair of Pentax, Bushnell, Celestron, Naxos, or Meade Digital binoculars camera, this inexpensive digital binoculars camera will let you take digital photo pictures, share them with your friends, send them to your relatives, and keep the memory for years to come.
As you can see the options are there, and your selection should be based on the following points:
- How important the quality of the digital pictures and optics vs. the amount of money you are willing to spend?
- Are you just starting out or you already know you are into astrophotography and digiscoping?
- What is your budget for the setup?
- Do you already have some of the components of the required setup such as a digital camera and or a telescope or spotting scope or you just starting?
- How important camera / scope size, weight, and portability for you? Do you plan to take the pictures when hiking in the mountains or will have a stable tripod and dark sky in your backyard?
Once you answered all the questions above for yourself, you should be the make the right choice in your equipment selection. If you still have questions, please send us email with the answers to the questions above and any specific issues or problems related to your particular application.
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