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    Astronomy SLR reccomendations?

    I really want to do a little astrophotography and I already have a Minolta X-370 and a x-9 that I've tried. The mirror slap causes too much vibration for my use, so I'm wanting to save up for a SLR with a mirror lock. I'd prefer a Minolta that I can use my many MD lenses on as well. Anybody have any suggestions for a good and affordable SLR?

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    Not a Minolta, but an Olympus OM 1 would be perfect.

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    Minolta SRT 303, also.

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    The SRT cameras are very sturdy.

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    Best part of the SRT is it doesn't need a battery for the shutter, it's all mechanical and perfect for astrophotography.
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    The SRT sounds like a good choice..or a Pentax K1000....Just as a side note, E200 (Ektachrome 200) does a killer job at night especially for exposures this long...I highly recommend it!!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    I use the Nikon F2 (however, the Nikon F works just as well) for the following reasons:
    1. Mirror lockup (use to reduce vibrations caused by mirror slap)
    2. Battery independent (can work all night without worrying about battery failure)
    3. Interchangeable view screens (I find it easier to focus with the type M view screen)
    4. Interchangeable view finder (the DW-20 waist level finder makes viewing easier)

    I use the F2 without the motor drive and battery pack because the lighter weight makes it easier to obtain proper balance when mounted on the telescope.

    Speed, reciprocity, and color sensitivity are important factors in film selection. Here are some of the films I have used and recommend:
    Fuji Astia 100 (slide)
    Fuji Provia 100 (slide)
    Fuji Provia 400 (slide)
    Fuji Sensia II 400 (slide)
    Kodak Ektachrome E200 (slide)
    Kodak Technical Pan TP-2415 (black & white)
    Kodak Royal Gold ISO 200 (color print)
    Kodak Portait ISO 160 (color print) (avoid exposures longer than 1/10 second)

    However, regretfully, some of these films have been discontinued.

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    One of the Minolta SRT series cameras would be perfect but MAKE SURE that the one you get has the mirror lock-up feature; not all of them did. If the camera has a small round silver "button" looking thing on the right-hand side of the lens mount (the same side of the camera as the shutter release is on,) then it has mirror lock-up; if it doesn't have the little button-like thing then it doesn't. BTW, it isn't really a button, you rotate it to lock the mirror up. Fantastic camera!

    Mike
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    A classic choice is the Nikkormat FT (and FT2). Totally mechanical, mirror lock up. Oh, and I've got one for sale if you want it
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