I picked up an old used Minolta kit lens hoping to try and get better photos of the stars. It is a faster lens at f/1.7 but not very wide (50mm) but it definitly lets in more light and allows me to take shorter exposures and get more stars in the picture. My son also gave me an astronomy book he picked up at the thrift store, it is pretty good and I am still learning more about the stars.
Here is a shot of Orion and a close up of the nebula. I am amazed at what the camera can pick up. 50mm, ISO 1600, f/1.7, 5 seconds
Here are some star trails above a peak just north of False Sombrero, this lens really lets a lot of light in! 50mm, ISO 100, f/1.7, 34 minutes
Here is Mars above the Imperial Valley. 50mm, ISO 800, f/1.7, 10 seconds
Orions Belt. 280mm, ISO 12800, f/5.6, 3.2 seconds
Saturn (middle), Spica (up to right). 300mm, ISO 12800, f/5.6, 1/2 second
I don't have a telescope, this is my star gazing kit
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