astrophotography with 500mm f/8 reflex?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jan Philips, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Jan Philips

    Jan Philips Guest

    Can you do any decent astrophotography with a 500 mm f/8 reflex lens
    on a tripod (not piggy back on a telescope). I think you could get
    some good shots of the moon.

    What about the Milky Way?

    What about Jupiter with moons or Saturn with rings (visible in 7x
    binoculars)?
     
    Jan Philips, Jul 17, 2003
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  2. Jan Philips

    tony Guest

    never know until you try.
    i've got a 1000mm f/11 catching some great
    views of the night sky.

    my recommendation: sturdier the tripod the better.

    there is alot of online info re: lunar photography.
    bracket. alot and all the time.

    'deep'space photography... bring a chair.. exposure
    times can reach 10 minutes. lock the mirror if you can,
    otherwise block it with cardboard, expose after shutter
    opens.

    i haven't found any advantage using highspeed films..
    use what you've got.

    good luck
    let us know what you catch

    -tony
     
    tony, Jul 18, 2003
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