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#1 mic1970

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 08:46 AM

I'm getting started in DSLR work and currently using a Pentex K3.  I've learned here there is a lot of software support for Cannon cameras.  Is the Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2mp a good starter chassis?  Is it software compatible? Is $130 a good price?

 

https://www.amazon.c...B0012Y88QQ?th=1

 

 



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Posted 18 March 2019 - 09:33 AM

It could work fine.  But, I see you want to do this cheaply.  I'd not try using a telescope to start out (things get expensive very fast), but this lens (or one that's used).

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,184&sr=8-3

 

This book will walk you through the process.

 

http://www.astropix....bgda/index.html

 

That will build your skills, and let you know if this is something you want to pursue.  Words here are no substitute for some experience.

 

I have some nice telescopes, still us a camera lens sometimes.   Many of us do.


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#3 mic1970

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 01:57 PM

Thank you.  I already have the mount and multiple telescopes to chose from to include an fast newt.  I have started with some wide fields.

 

It could work fine.  But, I see you want to do this cheaply.  I'd not try using a telescope to start out (things get expensive very fast), but this lens (or one that's used).

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,184&sr=8-3

 

This book will walk you through the process.

 

http://www.astropix....bgda/index.html

 

That will build your skills, and let you know if this is something you want to pursue.  Words here are no substitute for some experience.

 

I have some nice telescopes, still us a camera lens sometimes.   Many of us do.


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#4 Ranger Tim

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 10:14 PM

I own a Canon XSi (450D) and still use it for astro. Yes, it will work well with most software. No it is not cutting edge in terms of late model tech. Pluses and minuses below:

 

Plus -

Very inexpensive, usually found in the used market for less than $175

Small file sizes for faster processing (12 Mb)

Live View with 5X and 10X magnification

Almost all software is compatible

USB controlled

Intervalometers are still available, even cheap ones that work well

Does not have problems with amp glow

Easy to modify per Gary Honis' instructions

Not a power hog

 

Minus -

Better Canons (more modern) are available for not much more, be sure to get Live View though

Camera gets noisy in warmer temps during summer

Rear LCD monitor not articulated

 

So, is this camera a good starter? Yes, IF you need a solution at this low price point. I would encourage you to look at the more modern offerings and price compare before buying to be sure you can't afford the later tech. If your goal is just to get going as cheap as possible it is a good solution, but be aware you need to shoot A LOT of subs in hot weather to get the noise down to a reasonable level. Shoot at ISO 800-1600 for best results. In cooler temps this camera is pretty quiet. You will need to employ all the usual calibration frames with this one - there ain't no free lunch!

 

Buy the more expensive Baader T-Ring adapter for it if you want to minimize rotation slop. If you have more questions about the camera PM me for more first-hand knowledge.

 

I plan on replacing mine with a newer Canon 6D or Nikon D5300, only if finances keep me from making the switch to a CMOS from ZWO. For me having a COOLED CAMERA is a bigger concern everyday. I like shooting in the warmer weather.

 

Long story short, I have been using this camera for many years and feel I have just recently outgrown its capabilities. It should prove to be a good starter camera for someone else too.




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