Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

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Todd Hargis Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

Tonight I went out to a dark location and tested the Nikon D3 on Astrophotogragraphy and let me tell you, there virtually is NO noise in these images (ISO 800) for 3.5 minutes. I was blown away... Nikon sure pulled through oin this camera. I love my D3.

Now I used the same mount and scope for these shots as I did for previous images. I used the MC-36 remote timer for the exposures. Telescope is 1000mm f/5 unit. I hope you enjoy the images and I can't wait to get out and image more objects.

-Todd

The first image is Comet Holmes, a 3.5 minute exposure @ ISO 800.

Next is the Orion Nebula, which turned out so awesome.... ISO 1600 for 70 seconds! Wow, 70 seconds!Very little noise at all.

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H36 New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

Awesome, awesome shots...wow
Eric

LucVN
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Re: Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

Beautiful pictures, bravo!
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,

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puddleduck Senior Member • Posts: 2,513
Re: Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

Superb - how do you set this sort of shot up?

Why ISO1600? It this to avoid star trails etc?

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photoforfun Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
outstanding! Can you please explain a little...

Can you please inform me if you're doing this with a refractor of with a reflector telescope, which size and some more details. Isn't the weight of the D3 disturbing the setup?

I had a Tasco refractor 75mm(with motor) many years ago, but sold it, I'm ready to start all over again. What's the minimum I should be looking for? Which minimum budget?

Thanks in advance.
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betamax Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: outstanding! Can you please explain a little...

Exellent!! Thanks.....
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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Stany

Hi there....

photoforfun wrote:

Can you please inform me if you're doing this with a refractor of
with a reflector telescope, which size and some more details.

I am using the Celestron CG-5 reflector telescope with the D3 attached to the focuser. ( D3 is not too heavy if you rotate the tube to where the focuser is on top). You definitely have to be careful not to touch the scope as it is not the most stable thing / mount available. My set up cast me approx. $1300.00 give or take. Here is the scope I bought: http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=11&ProdID=57

It has gone up some since I got one. I also have a 90mm Maksutov as a guide scope and use this eyepiece to guide with. http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=40&ProdID=265

It does take a while to get the hang of but worth it. As for a minimum budget, well that depends on how serious you get into it. To have a basic set up like mine, well $1200~$1400 will get you going well. I don't use the tube that much as I prefer wide wield photos.

-T

Isn't

the weight of the D3 disturbing the setup?
I had a Tasco refractor 75mm(with motor) many years ago, but sold it,
I'm ready to start all over again. What's the minimum I should be
looking for? Which minimum budget?

Thanks in advance.
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Kindest regards,
Stany
I prefer one really good picture in a day over 10 bad ones in a
second...

http://www.fotografie.fr/

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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Andy

I chose ISO 1600 to see how well the camera would handle the noise... which there was not hardly any. As for the set up, I used my 8-inch scope and attached the camera to the focuser using an adapter and T-ring for the camera. I then polar aligned the scope and used a guide scope to track with. Here is more info:

I am using the Celestron CG-5 reflector telescope with the D3 attached to the focuser. ( D3 is not too heavy if you rotate the tube to where the focuser is on top). You definitely have to be careful not to touch the scope as it is not the most stable thing / mount available. My set up cast me approx. $1300.00 give or take. Here is the scope I bought: http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=11&ProdID=57

It has gone up some since I got one. I also have a 90mm Maksutov as a guide scope and use this eyepiece to guide with. http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=40&ProdID=265

It does take a while to get the hang of but worth it. As for a minimum budget, well that depends on how serious you get into it. To have a basic set up like mine, well $1200~$1400 will get you going well. I don't use the tube that much as I prefer wide wield photos.
-T

puddleduck wrote:

Superb - how do you set this sort of shot up?

Why ISO1600? It this to avoid star trails etc?

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Roger T. Senior Member • Posts: 2,522
Live View?

Just curious -- is Live View of any use in a setup like this? (Aiming, etc)?

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natureman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,979
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Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing them.

Georgi Veteran Member • Posts: 7,638
Very cool

I'd like to see a larger image of the Nebula

photoforfun Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
One more question for Todd...Re: Stany

Thanks Todd for the very usefull information

How Do you attach the D3 to the telescope? Can you give me also some info on the specific pieces?

Can you use all kind of different oculairs to get different magnifications or did that system change after so many years? (Astronomy as my main hobby dates from 1968 till 1974...)
Thanks in advance,
Kindest regards,
Stany

Hi there....

photoforfun wrote:
Can you please inform me if you're doing this with a refractor of
with a reflector telescope, which size and some more details.

I am using the Celestron CG-5 reflector telescope with the D3 attached to the focuser. ( D3 is not too heavy if you rotate the tube to where the focuser is on top). You definitely have to be careful not to touch the scope as it is not the most stable thing / mount available. My set up cast me approx. $1300.00 give or take. Here is the scope I bought: http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=11&ProdID=57

It has gone up some since I got one. I also have a 90mm Maksutov as a guide scope and use this eyepiece to guide with. http://www.celestron.com/c2/product.php?CatID=40&ProdID=265

It does take a while to get the hang of but worth it. As for a minimum budget, well that depends on how serious you get into it. To have a basic set up like mine, well $1200~$1400 will get you going well. I don't use the tube that much as I prefer wide wield photos. -T

the weight of the D3 disturbing the setup?

I had a Tasco refractor 75mm(with motor) many years ago, but sold it, I'm ready to start all over again. What's the minimum I should be looking for? Which minimum budget?
Thanks in advance.
Kindest regards,
Stany
I prefer one really good picture in a day over 10 bad ones in a
second... http://www.fotografie.fr/

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Kindest regards,
Stany
I prefer one really good picture in a day over 10 bad ones in a second...

http://www.fotografie.fr/

MBoatner Senior Member • Posts: 1,449
Re: Nikon D3 shoots Orion Nebula &....

Nice work - beautiful shots. From the posts looks like the D3 is a handy little tool to have around the house
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smhagger Senior Member • Posts: 1,418
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Todd,

The guys over on the Canon forum aren't going to like you very much at all because you didn't process the pictures in the right way that prove that the D3 isn't going to be useful at all for astrophotography! LOL. I remember being a little disappointed a few weeks ago after reading their comments about the D3 and astrophotography. Thank you for blowing all their useless comments and 'proof' away with your examples!

Great work! M42 looks AWESOME as does the comet. Truly spectacular. I want to see more.

Sean

Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Re: Live View?

You know I forgot to try that... Now I wish I would have. The next time I attach this camera to a scope I will see what it looks like and report back by sending you an email.

-Todd

Roger T. wrote:

Just curious -- is Live View of any use in a setup like this?
(Aiming, etc)?

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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Re: Very cool / Larger image posted

Hi Georgi, her is a 50% image of the nebula.

-T

Georgi wrote:

I'd like to see a larger image of the Nebula

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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Thanks Mike...

Yes a handy tool indeed.
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Todd

If I'm not mistaken, I believe if you use live view you'll be able to zoom in and obtain a very precise focus...
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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Re: One more question for Todd...Re: Stany

Hi Stany... here is what you will need to attach the camera to the telescope

It is called a -adapter and they are made to fit all SLR's, it is a bayonet ring that you attach as you would a lens. Here is a link:

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=photo_accessories/~pcategory=astro-imaging/~product_id=A0317

then this T-ring threads onto a camera adapter like this:

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=photo_accessories/~pcategory=astro-imaging/~product_id=A0321

Of course this really depends on what type of telescope you have so you have to get the adapter that will work for you. You will have to call the store and explain to them what you have so they can sell you the right adapter. The link I gave was just an example.

As for the oculars, and magnification... they will come in handy for shooting the moon and planets. For images of deep space, galaxies, nebulae, etc., your best bet is prime focus from the scope. Increasing magnification greatly exaggerates tracking errors. And with a camera adapter with and ocular only the plossl eyepieces will work as most of the new ones will not fit into an adapter. The link I sent for the adapter will hold eyepieces.

-Todd

Thanks Todd for the very usefull information

How Do you attach the D3 to the telescope? Can you give me also some info on the specific pieces?

Can you use all kind of different oculairs to get different magnifications or did that system change after so many years? (Astronomy as my main hobby dates from 1968 till 1974...)
Thanks in advance,
Kindest regards,
Stany

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Todd Hargis OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,293
Re: Todd

That would be cool!!!! I must try.

-Todd

Craig Robinson wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, I believe if you use live view you'll be able to
zoom in and obtain a very precise focus...
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