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Astrophotography - Camera Aperture Setting

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Posted by florence peterson/">florence peterson on February 27, 2000 12:30:39 UTC

I have a Meade 8" LX10 and plan to start taking pictures with my Nikon N70. Initially, I intend to stay within the solar system, just photographing moons and planets. Two questions: (1)I have the equipment to take prime-focus or eyepiece-projection photos. Is one more preferable for non-deepsky pictures ? (2)I expect a lot of trial and error regarding aperture/shutter speed. Is there a rule on aperture (eg - use larger rather than smaller or vice-versa), or is it merely a matter of taste ? (3)In space, two questions means three. Fast film speed or slow ? I expect to enlarge photos that turn out good. Thanks Dave

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