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Posts Made By: Dominic Schepis

June 30, 2017 04:30 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Nikon D5000

Posted By Dominic Schepis

Hi Craig,
I think most any camera should be able to capture the eclipse well. There will be a lot of dynamic range during totality with a dark moon shadow and the corona shining around it. I plan to just do a series of bracketed exposures so I can hopefully capture the corona with a good exposure. Also use the raw setting rather than jpeg to prevent compression. I think your lenses may be a bigger question based on how big the sun/moon will appear and whether you are tracking the eclipse or just have your camera on a tripod. There are lots of good references online if you google 'eclipse photography".
I have a modified Canon 600D, but I am not sure if a modified camera is an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to the eclipse. I cannot find much discussion on this.
Good luck,

August 8, 2020 10:19 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Rho Ophiuchus from Down Under

Posted By Dominic Schepis

Very nice shot of this iconic region of the sky.  You did a great job on colors as well.  What F-stop was the 200mm lens you used?  I want to try to capture this from my dark sky site soon.  Thanks for sharing.

August 2, 2023 02:36 PM Forum: Refractors

Given the choice of used Televue refractors.

Posted By Dominic Schepis

Hi,  I have both the TV-85 and the Genesis SDF scopes.  They are both great scopes for wide field viewing.  I definitely feel the Genesis is slightly sharper and has better contrast on planets when used at high power, however, these scopes are not really meant for high power viewing.  For wide field, they are both great for scanning the milky way.  The Genesis is also brighter for dim objects like globular clusters due to the larger aperture.  The TV-85 is much lighter and shorter so its easier to travel with and mount. Good luck with your decision.