Heya! Recently got into astrophotography, but I'm very much from a digital world of experience. I've also done DSLR wildlife photography for years. Some of those skills translate, many don't
A friend of mine had a clear out of their relative's estate after they passed, and gave me several mint film cameras of different types. The one that really stuck out to me was the Mamiya C33, a 120mm medium format camera. It had with it an 80mm / 1.2f lens, which seems like it could be fun to try on the night sky.
My first major question is regarding the shutter. The shutter is built into the lens, and has a "Bulb" setting, as well as some quite low settings (up to 1 second)... Is a single long tracked exposure preferential to multiple exposures at 1 second on film?
Secondly at 80mm/1.2f, what kind of ISO film and exposure lengths/integrations should I be shooting for? Obviously this will be a lot of experimenting (especially for a film newbie like myself) but I'd appreciate ballparks if possible.
Finally any suggested northern hemisphere "newbie friendly" targets? I'm in Bortle 6. Orion is pretty nice in the sky right now when it's clear, but I wonder if trying to get nebulosity might be really ambitious.
I've been trying to piece together answers to some of these questions, but if I missed a major article or guide I'd love a direction to it. Apologies in advance for any "duh" newbie questions!
Edited by Alay, 08 December 2023 - 02:59 PM.