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It all sounds very Heath Robinson but a digital camera, a GPS device, some duct tape and a balloon were all that was needed to take some breathtaking pictures of Earth that had Nasa calling.
Robert Harrison, 38, used a collection of cheap parts costing £500 to create a balloon-mounted camera that can travel up to 21.7 miles (35km) above the surface of the Earth. The result is a series of pictures taken from a height that only a rocket or weather balloon can reach. Mr Harrison, an IT director from Highburton, West Yorkshire, has launched 12 high-altitude balloons (HABs) since 2008.
Originally posted by Ahmose
What kind of astrophotography do you want to do?
Deep sky i guess?
[edit on 20-8-2010 by Ahmose]
Originally posted by SaosinEngaged
reply to post by ngchunter
I might be putting a bid on one of those telescopes. You would definitely recommend it?
Also, the DSLR I have is the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Do you feel that camera has enough "oomph" to make this work?
It doesn't have as strong of low light performance at higher iso as some of the more expensive DSLRs, but it's what I could afford right now.