People with a keen interest in photography can specialize in various fields. It can either be on land, under the sea or up in the sky. For those who love the sky, astrophotography is a nice field to focus on.It is normally at night, though, when one can capture the beauty of the universe. It is during this time when the stars are out and shining up in the sky. In addition, it’s at this time when you can capture some rare images of star trails, the moon and perhaps even some other planets with a good camera on hand.To get the best shots of the sky, you will need a digital SLR camera. Canon introduced this year its EOS 60Da unit that is perfect for astrophotography. This camera is ideal for astronomers and hobbyists alike who wish to capture the beauty of the sky in whatever time of day but most especially at night.
Some great features of this Canon EOS are a modified infrared filter, low-noise sensor and an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. The filter allows those involved in astronomy to gain a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity higher than the regular DSLR camera. What this means is that astronomers can capture clearly the reddish nebulae.The camera’s screen is also unique in that it can be flipped into various angles. This allows for easy viewing while shooting the sky either with your hand or using a tripod. This is also possible even when the device is mounted on a telescope.Another great feature is the live view mode. This means that the camera can be connected to a television to display what’s being captured in the night sky.In addition, the user can be sure to capture clear images owing to the camera’s silent shooting feature. This part gets rid of vibration caused by the shutter during shooting.Nikon is also a top contender for astrophotography. Many people involved in this particular field are Nikon camera users. This company has a range of DSLR photographic devices with similar features as that of Canon’s units. These include the D3S, D300S, D3000 and D5000.The great advantage of loyal Nikon users is they need not change lenses very often. This is because every Nikon F series lens work with even the newest DSLR models. The company apparently did not change the lens mount when they upgraded their lenses.
Between the two, experts recommend getting a Canon for those who are still starting out in astrophotography. Those who already have Nikon digital camera, however, can stick to what they have particularly if they don’t want to spend much on the accessories moving forward.Experts also recommend a manual camera. This is because of the long exposures that need to be taken. Take note that the battery can drain quickly in most new DSLR cameras when the exposure is set in auto mode and long exposures are needed.Astrophotography can be both easy and hard. It can be easy at the start but as you get deeper into this field, you will need to learn more about the other techniques and accessories to use.