I thought I've already made up my mind that i'm upgrading my achro-ST-80 to an Evostar 72ed. But somehow after all this time, i just cannot convince myself to spend 280 pounds on a refractor purely on astrophotography.
So i looked at this Nikon 55-300mm ed lens, its the same price and most importantly i can use this in day-to-day photography.
I used to think there was no reason to buy a telephoto lens as using a filter is absolutely crucial in my huge megacity. But then i stumbled across this astrobin photo, it's beautiful: great contrast, color, and little to no CA, but the stars do look a little too"winged"
but most importantly he found out you can just strap a 2" filter on the lens by using his simple "rig"
"I rigged the filters to fit on the very front of the lens using some cardboard and tape. That's a way of life over here ."
Would you think the lens could perform as good as the Evostar? I know camera lenses have a lot of shortcomings when it comes to astrophotography (especially the distortion). But i would sacrifice some of that so i could use it for the day as well.
Moreover, does anyone think the filter "rig" is a good idea? Im 99% there will be no vignetting problem since a 2" filter will cover the whole front lens system. But theres always some kind of problem unbeknownst to me
*Note* One of the biggest factors of why i'm considering the lens is due to a major vacation to Europe in Christmas. Visiting beautiful cities and environments would make the telephoto a great tool.
I'll also have the chance to visit a few bortle-3 skies (long as the cloud gods are particularly happy) and it'll be the first time bringing a telescope to the northern winter skies, and also imaging without a filter for once.
Edited by Naraya, 22 September 2019 - 05:11 AM.