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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)?...

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    Default astrophotography with 500mm f/8 reflex?

    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 Guest

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    Default Re: astrophotography with 500mm f/8 reflex?

    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 Guest

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