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Mar 14, 2019 17:24:23   #
ASCET3 (new user)
 
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?

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Mar 14, 2019 17:25:28   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forum.

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Mar 14, 2019 17:30:12   #
BassmanBruce (a regular here)
 
Welcome.
Keep Mirrorless among your considerations as many vintage lenses can be easily adapted to them.
This may help on your budget.
Have fun.

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Mar 14, 2019 17:44:50   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)


Welcome to the forum.Go with a Nikon 5500 and this lens for astrophotography. Astro is a great experience.Go with this lens:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769555-REG/Rokinon_FE14MAF_N_14mm_Ultra_Wide_Angle_f_2_8.html/?ap=y&gclid=CjwKCAjw96fkBRA2EiwAKZjFTZXPCpNMcW8KYcx8qlCStAcwo2HSjr2MFtGVhtlIgbQ7MVYfk2uZtxoCzq0QAvD_BwE&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y



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Mar 14, 2019 17:45:23   #
ASCET3 (new user)
 
Thank you, the Canon I mentioned is mirrorless and around $800.

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Mar 14, 2019 18:03:58   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Nice, Stan. So is that Chicago or Vermont landscape silhouetted by the night sky?
--Bob



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Mar 14, 2019 18:21:17   #
ASCET3 (new user)
 
Nice picture Stan. Looks like a nice place to be.
I hope to get some milkyway pictures this summer.

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Mar 14, 2019 20:02:59   #
PixelStan77 (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
Nice, Stan. So is that Chicago or Vermont landscape silhouetted by the night sky?
--Bob


Bob, I took that image in Tucson in the Saguora desert close to the Mexican border. The light you see over the mountains was light pollution from Tucson.

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Mar 14, 2019 20:10:49   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
Stan, I figured as much. I knew it had to be within Az. Just a bit of fun, evidenced by the smilie after my name.
--Bob
PixelStan77 wrote:
Bob, I took that image in Tucson in the Saguora desert close to the Mexican border. The light you see over the mountains was light pollution from Tucson.

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Mar 14, 2019 20:55:59   #
Vince68 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to UHH.

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Mar 14, 2019 21:15:43   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)


Welcome ASCET3. If you are interested in landscape astrophotography I think you will find these sites very useful.
https://www.lonelyspeck.com/astrophotography-101/
https://luminous-landscape.com/introduction-to-landscape-astrophotography/


Your budget is a bit on the low side for a top of the line astro outfit but I have been very pleased with this set-up which would be right on the money for you. This is an APS-C (crop) set up. Full frame cameras are best for this type of work, but $1000 barely buy you a decent used FF body. If you can go extra money, there are many here would recommend putting the extra into the tripod.

Sony A6000 body - $409
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-a6000-Interchangeable-Digital-Camera/dp/B00IE9XHCM/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=sony+a6000&qid=1552610469&s=gateway&sr=8-4

Rokinon 12mm F2.0 - $259
https://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-Ultra-Angle-Mount-RK12M/dp/B00JD4TAWI/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3T66AHGFT96PK&keywords=rokinon+12mm+sony&qid=1552610343&s=gateway&sprefix=rokinon+%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-1

Tripod and head - $300
https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MT055XPRO3-Aluminium-MHXPRO-BHQ2-Replacement/dp/B010MFPEDA/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Manfrotto+MT055XPRO3+055+and+head&qid=1552611121&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Add in an intervalometer for the change left out of $1000.

For Milky Way shots get the PhotoPills app for your phone. You should also need a small flashlight with a red filter.

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Mar 14, 2019 22:59:36   #
ASCET3 (new user)
 
Thank you so much, I checked out the websites and they are a wealth of input for me. I have done research on ff and sensors but not sure I will be able to get the best but I will check out your suggestions in my price range and maybe add to it. Thank you Repleo

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Mar 15, 2019 06:45:39   #
bwana (a regular here)
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)

If you're really serious about getting into astrophotography and nightscape photography, save up your dollars and buy a Sony A7S (not the II). It has phenomenal low light performance, is full frame and, with adapters, can mount almost any lens or telescope in existence.

If you get into astrophotography, you'll probably want to modify your camera to full spectrum. An A7S is easily modded and does a good job of capturing the Ha spectrum from emission nebulas, as well as everything else. A full spectrum camera can also be used with IR Pass filters for IR photography.

Clear skies!

bwa

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Mar 15, 2019 06:58:17   #
mjmgka
 
ASCET3 wrote:
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to everyone. I went to photography school back in the film days. I am now wanting to get involved with nightscape photography and maybe some astrophotography. I am looking to get a dslr and have looked at the popular brands. Nikon 5500, Canon Eos m6 and Sony. My peice cap is $1000.00. Are there any suggestions from any experienced people on what camera may be suggested? They all seem technically similar and I see mirrorless is a rend. I need sharp low light setup.
Any suggestions?
Hello, I am new to the forum and want say hello to... (show quote)


Look into the Fujifilm cameras. You’ll get much more bang for your buck over Sony.

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Mar 15, 2019 07:06:51   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
Nice, Stan. So is that Chicago or Vermont landscape silhouetted by the night sky?
--Bob


I have been to Vermont a few times. I have never seen any cactus in my travels. I'm guessing it's Chicago.

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