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Digital camera with long exposure capability

Started by Merino, 07/29/2002 11:30AM
Posted 07/29/2002 11:30AM Opening Post
Looking to do some "limited" astrophotography with regular consumer available digital camera (Nikon, Olympus, Canon etc...). Looking for something in the 3 to 4 Megpixel range, that can do "long exposures" (in the 16+ sec range).

Anyone have any advice on these...many I've looked at have no such "long exposure" capability.

Appreciate input / feedback.

Luis Eguren
Posted 07/29/2002 12:16PM #1
The Nikon Coolpix 995 (3.34 mp) is a popular one. It allows exposures up to 1 minute. It also has a large support base of aftermarket adapters, accessories, etc. The lens does not extend out of the camera so it is easier to securely attach it to a telescope than a camera with a zoom lens that extends outside the camera. It is also is in the process of being replaced with newer models so if you look around, you can get a good deal on one.

Posted 07/29/2002 02:59PM #2

I tested the Nikon D1 which is available second hand relatively cheap now. Can shoot 30 secs. There is a bit of noise at 30 secs but it is OK. It can be easily coupled like traditional SNR body with t-ring.