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How to choose a camera for astroimaging

Off-the-shelf digital cameras can deliver splendid shots of the night sky.

NGC7000
The North American Nebula (NGC 7000) stands out amid a panorama of star clouds in the northern Milky Way. The author took this photo with a Canon Digital Rebel and Sigma 105mm lens at f/4.5, piggybacked on an 8-inch SCT.
Michael A. Covington
It probably goes without saying, but you can’t photograph the sky without a camera. Fortunately, there are plenty of digital single-lens reflex cameras on the market that will capture beautiful nightscapes (and let you take daytime snapshots as well). With more than 30 years of experience shooting the night sky, author Michael A. Covington walks you through the basics of picking a camera to capture the cosmic tapestry.

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