What kind of film?
What kind of astrophotography do you want to try -- lunar and planetary or deep sky?
Do you have a darkroom?
Do not expect good prints of astrophotos from a commercial lab. You can scan your negatives or slides and adjust them digitally.
Do tell me more.
I have a few rolls of Kodak Professional ASA100 / 400 colour and B&W and some Rolllei ASA400 IR sensitive B&W, I can buy additional rolls as required.
DSO as planetary and lunar benefit greatly from video techniques.
i can setup a temporary dark room and process the film as required (I have a degree in Chemical Engineering so I think I can figure out but open to suggestions on best developer for astronomy needs).
ill be converting them into digital so I can stack/final process as required.
I'm curious to know more also, what you intend to shoot - film, etc. What sort of lenses, all that jazz. The F5 looks like a beast of a camera, just from checking out the specs.
You've came to the right place though, there are quite a few extremely knowledgeable and helpful (guru) folks here with regard to film astrophotography, and they can get you better info than myself..... I'm still a relative newb at it.
My personal thought of it is - I don't mind at all, hanging around in the dark messing around with such oddball.. but long forgotten things.
Then again, I'm kinda an oddball myself.
Welcome to the
niche! edit... club, whatever we are. :/
Telescopes are listed below, likely a suitable DSO target in June. To be determined.
the F5 is basically top of the line Film Camera (only the F6 surpasses it). But for this I’ll rely on the bulb trigger I have for it and setting it up so that it doesn’t advance the film until I decide (a feature in the camera to do double exposures but useful when you want to ensure your not imaging planes during a long exposure).
The OP hasn't told us what he plans to do, but if it's deep-sky, two things stand out:
- Cheaply made prints won't bring out what's on the negatives or slides. Scanning and digital processing are called for (or, in the old days, skilled darkroom work).
- Plan for LONG exposures, like 30 minutes with constant guiding. (Well, you can get something in 5 minutes. You can get a little in 10 seconds, but only a little.)
I hope he'll come back and tell us what he has in mind and what equipment is available.
My mount will guide for as long as I require, currently I tend to image 5 minute subs (that way if something flys through the frame I only lose 5minutes) but I have taken 1 hour subs before when we were tweaking the mount wormgear before adding guiding.
I can setup the camera such that I can do multiple exposures, opening/closing the shutter based on objects about to fly through the frame. As the noise is very little as the film either sees light.. or it doesn’t. I’ll need to figure out a flat (darks are pointless) but I might be able to extract from my digital library.
Available equipment is listed in my signature, the DSO target is to be confirmed but I’ll likely use the RedCat and go wide-field.
Edited by GraySkies, 03 May 2019 - 12:12 AM.