Best DSLR or ILC for Night Sky Imaging?

Started Nov 8, 2017 | Questions thread
rnclark Senior Member • Posts: 3,755
Re: Best DSLR or ILC for Night Sky Imaging?

landscaper1 wrote:

Let's suppose someone is interested in doing night sky photography (sky plus landscape foreground) and he/she is not predisposed or otherwise committed to using any specific brand of camera or lenses.

Which make/model of DSLR or mirrorless camera body would provide "the Best" image capture with a minimum of noise?

Which make/model of DSLR or mirrorless camera body would be "2nd Best," and why is it only 2nd Best?

Please submit your recommendations and the reason(s) for them.

As we've seen in past discussions, the lens is far more important, given a relatively modern sensor.  Nightscapes do not push a sensor unless you cripple it with a tiny aperture.  Except for some models that eat stars, any recent camera, paired with a good lens, like 35 mm f/1.4 or24 f/1.4 will do a great job.

To do even better make an array of such cameras with 35 f/1.4 or 50 f/1.4:

1) 1x2, 1x3. 2x2, 2x3, 3x3, etc arrays.

Also, what is the best lens?  All wide angle lenses degrade image quality toward the corners.  That means cropping a full frame sensor more so than a crop camera.   The best lens in this regard is the Canon 35 f/1.4 II, second is probably the Sigma Art 35 f/1.4.

I'm not as impressed with other wide lenses, including available 24 f/1.4 (and shorter loses too much aperture), 50 mm f/1.4, 85 mm f/1.4, then it starts to get better in longer focal lengths.  .... anxiously awaiting start tests of the new Canon 85 f/1.4.


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