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used & full-frame DLSR camera (for minimal imaging travel setup) ?

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#1 gianluca

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 09:16 AM

Hello,

 

could you help me in choosing a used full frame DSLR that I could use for less than "white cleanroom" (and maybe also a bit rough) situations ?

 

I stick to mono CCD: I still use "old" SBIG ST8 and 10 on SCTs, and ST 8300 on shorter focal lenght otas.

I am collecting specs, tests and reviews: I am up-to-date about advancements in optoelectronics, but I have been far from DSLR photography for years and I know little of commercial items, and surely suggestions from actual astro imagers would be of great help.

 

I would a full frame camera that should match well my short flat field refractor.

Together with a lightweight mount this set would be a compact and lightweight one, ready for observing and for imaging while traveling (without the need for a PC and needing a minimum in power consumption terms).

 

The ota and the camera could stay in a backpack, so I could bring such a small, but complete, set also when travelling by motorcycle.

 

More: I would use the camera for ordinary photography, during public outreach activities and also as a live-view camera when I am tinkering in my small optical lab.

 

I consider this camera as a good compromise for observing and imaging with a minimal setup in -maybe- rough conditions, in places and at times in which, otherwise, I would just stay looking the sky by naked eye (and grumbling): it happened just too many times...

For this my idea is to get a used unit (paying around 700- 1000), renouncing to the CCD prerogatives, but at least trying to make the most of the large fullframe sensor for wide field imaging under dark(er) skies.

 

 

 

Resuming and briefly:

I like new compact and light mirrorless cameras, but (for the above reasons and considering that Nikon and Canon provide a well known platform with available softwares and mods/parts, plus a large and consolidate users community) at now I am considering cameras like the Nikon D800.

 

Is mine a good choise ?

Are there alternatives that you would suggest me as a better choise ?

 

I thank you.

Clear Skies.

 

G.



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Posted 30 November 2020 - 09:52 AM

Hello

 

a brief auto-update.

A hinged screen is more or less a must, the more for DLSR to be used without PC.

The Nikon D800's sreen is "embedded", and this is a quite a problem for framing and focusing a camera to be used "on the go", on the rear of a short ota hosted by a small mount.

G.




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