Pentax k5 for Astronomy Photography


airconvent

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Was searching the web when I came across this contribution from someone who did a timelapse of the Milkyway galaxy in Mersing using a Pentax K5. He was obviously inspired by another fellow time-lapse photographer from his choice of BGM but it show how capable the Pentax K5 can be. Imagine what you can do with a newer sensor in the K5-II and K5s!

Pentax K5: Milkyway Timelapse 2012 - YouTube


Related info : Our local astro group Singastro (singastro.org) organises regular trips to Mersing for astronomy sessions. I suspect this chap was one of those who went for a trip last year. The next trip would be in mid-Mar 2013 :)
 

airconvent

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Hi
This is the link if you need more details on the trip.
SingAstro • View topic - MERSING Astro Trip (March 15-17 2013)

The general consensus over there was that only C or N are good for astrophotography. The K5 (and I am pretty sure even the ole K-x) would have made a credible platform for this purpose too. Such efforts by Pentaxian not just tell people that pentax is good but prove it too :)
 

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that guy is from the Malaysia pentax group, very nice guy. There were 2 other malaysia pentax photog during that trip as well. Very nice bunch of guys ... think he hangs around here as well iirc. Saw the o-gps in use for the first time and gian to get it ever since. The march trip will be my first try using the o-gps as well :D coincidentally that was sort of my first pentax outing as well.

The main organiser for the mersing trips from singastro are a great bunch of guys as well. Went 2 trips with them and never felt they are gear whores, most probably because their mirrors and tripods cost way more than a dslr haha. Most was pleasantly surprise when they see a pentax popup but you should see one guy, he took apart and mod a external cooler to his C or N for astrophotography, very cool stuff (literally, lol). I think only 1 or 2 of them uses dslr, the rest who do imaging are using the real imaging stuff
 

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Thanks airconvent for sharing the video.... Here is another video from me. 7+ hours to fully test out Pentax K5. All equipments got wet.

[video=youtube;6UqHaYu_m7A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UqHaYu_m7A[/video]

Regards,

Tommy
 

airconvent

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Thanks for sharing Tommy. Simply Beautiful!
The K5-II is supposed to have better low light performance. Upgrading soon? :)