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Originally posted by CatHerder
Consumer digital cameras are just no good for night time photography -- I've tried quite a few and in all honesty a $40.00 35mm camera takes astronomically (excuse the pun) better images than a $400 digital camera.
Although, if you have the bucks, people do get great results with the higher end Nikon digital cameras. (Nikon 995 star photos for example). I'd poke around on a number of astronomy websites and see what the users are using -- that is your best source of information on what cameras (and lenses) to get. StarGazing has a good example of what end-users are doing with digital cameras.
Nikon, Konica and Cannon all make really nice mid-high end digital cameras that work well with telescopes for astronomical photography.
Maybe you're more interested in a CCD camera if you're going to go gung-ho into stellar photography. I'd start with this great page on CCD imagry and educate yourself on the subject, then move to user groups and then finally decide what is the best solution you can get with your budget.
But regardless of what camera you choose, the main rule to remember when picking your scope is 'light gathering is king' -- never look at magnification. Your best bang for the buck is a dobsonian, your next best bang for your buck (including features) is a Schmidt-Cassegrain -> Maksutov -> reflector -> refractor (in that order, and in my opinion). But, your Schmidt-Cassegrain scopes are going to be the easiest/cheapest to use for taking photos.
I'm sure others here may have similar or perhaps conflicting opinions, but do take the time to educate yourself on what it is you are buying, and what your best options are for the $$ you have available. If you don't have a 10 inch scope, get the scope before the camera! If you already have a decent scope (8 inch reflector/dob/etc) find out what is your best option for it camera-wise (you're also going to have to spend $100-$200 on adapters and lenses for your scope/camera).
Hope this was in some way helpful for you! Once you start looking at the stars, you find you just want to go looking more and more often. Once you look at the stars with your own >8 inch dob (or other reflector) you're hooked for life.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
But you don;t really know what you have, until you develop it.
A lot of photo places have trouble developing the film, because some
of their machines have can 't see the transistion from one pic to the next, in order to cut it..