For years I've been using Canon point and shoot cameras. I love their low-light performance and the warm color tone that they offer. I've gotten to the point where I swear by the brand.
Of the numerous New Year's resolutions I set for myself last January, I've faithfully kept to one of them: take at least one photo a day. It's been a fun little personal journaling exercise. Going through this year's photos reminds me of all the many little interesting things that one sees in day-to-day life. The project has also highlighted the possibility that it might be time for me to graduate up to a better camera.
I really like the ease of use and convenience of the point-and-shoot form factor, and I'd like to retain that moving forward. But I'd also like the ability to remove the lens and attach the camera body to my 1962 Questar. At some point in its life, my Q went through a wide field conversion and has the modern wider axial port. Rob Pettengill's camera connection overview has some great information on the range of possibilities for connecting a camera to a Questar.
I know that mirror slap and shutter shock are an issue with high-magnification photography, so it seems that a mirrorless camera is probably the best choice for me. I have my eye on the newly-released Canon EOS M200. This camera comes equipped with a silent shooting mode, which seems like a feature that would fit the bill for eliminating any kind of mechanical movement that would blur an image. I'll also need an adapter to go between the camera body and my Questar camera coupling set (swivel and extensions). This Gobe M42 Lens Mount to Canon EF-M Camera Mount seems like a good choice.
I'm at the point where I'm assessing possibilities and cost. One thing I'd like to know is whether I'd be able to do full-disk lunar photography and some long-exposure imaging of top-shelf DSOs (M8, M42, etc.) with the above setup. In the case of imaging the Moon, I'm wondering if the image sensor on the M200 is large enough for a full-disk capture or if I'd be forced to assemble a mosaic of images to create a full-disk image. Or maybe using eyepiece projection is the proper route.
I'd appreciate any guidance that anyone can offer. Please set/re-set my expectations as appropriate! I'm approaching this pretty cold with no meaningful experience beyond aiming my point-and-shoot camera into the eyepiece.