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#1 Brian Schmidt

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:05 PM

I’ve been using my 80ed on an exos 2 mount that I acquired used for the last couple of years.  This is my first refractor, and eq mount as far as that goes after being a Newtonian dob visual observer for the last 30 years or so. 
 

I was wondering what equipment I would need to connect my Nikon d3400 crop frame dslr to this and if it would even be worth my effort in doing so to try to get some night sky photos.  The 80 Ed is a pretty small scope and my understanding is the exos 2 is pretty much a beginner entry level eq mount.  


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:18 PM

My experience has been that ED80's are an absolutely fantastic OTA for beginning astrophotography. I may be a little biased, since that was my first photography-refractor. There will be some star bloat, but that shouldn't stop you from seeing if photography is something you want to pursue. One suggestion- do get the dedicated reducer/flattener. It will give you a wider FOV on your crop sensor and give you nice round stars from edge to edge. Other than that, you may find that you may eventually want to upgrade the focuser if you're using the stock crayford.  


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:30 PM

If you go here, you'll see a ton of images shot with an 80ED, and a substantial percentage were with DSLRs:

https://www.astrobin...ging_telescopes



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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:50 PM

What zakry said, all of it!!!



#5 Brian Schmidt

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 08:06 PM

Ok cool.  Thanks for the advise.  Would you guys say that I need a dedicated astronomy dslr and tracking scope or just get the adapter, and field flattened for my Nikon d 3400 to start off.




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