The world’s best astrophysicists mainly use Nikon cameras
A recent study analyzed 685 astrophotography photos shortlisted for the big astrophotography contest of the year over the past five years, and some pretty interesting findings and trends emerged.
The Sony A7 III was found to be the best-performing second-hand camera in the 2022 contest according to research Skies and spans with 14% of the photos in the curated list taken with this camera model.
The results also show Canon slipping from its previous top spot in 2018 and 2019, Nikon ‘surpassing’ in 2020 – and continuing to be the preferred camera system in 2021 and 2022.
Sony came second in this year’s contest – and it’s very likely to top the charts as the most-used machine in the 2023 contest.
Sony’s A7 III was the top camera used in POTY Astronomy 2022, with 14% of selected photos taken by this model (Image: Sony)
Interestingly, manufacturers such as Canon and Nikon have also produced a number of camera models specifically for astrophotography, such as Canon’s EOS Ra and Nikon’s D810A, which have specific IR filters for four times more hydrogen-alpha light enters the sensor for a better night. starbursts.
Starry sky above the world’s highest highway © Yang Sutie (Credit: Yang Sutie)
A recent study that analyzed 685 shortlisted and shortlisted photos from the Astronomical Photographer of the Year competition for best astrophotography over the past five years revealed some interesting findings and trends.
However, this study shows that the top 3 cameras used in the 2022 competition are the Sony A7 III (14%), Sony A7R III (11%) and Nikon D850 (10%). In fact, the only dedicated Astro camera to make the list this year is the D810A, which is 3% off, so it seems astrophysicists prefer to buy other camera models and convert them themselves. for pure astrophotography.
Jovian family © Damian Peach (Credit: Damian Peach)
Additionally, according to the report, for the first time ever, mirrorless cameras outnumber DSLRs in the competition. DSLR use has fallen from 83% in 2018 to just 48% this year, while the emergence of mirrorless cameras has risen from 17% in 2018 to 52% in 2022, making this system the most popular . This is likely a growing trend and one that will continue to grow as many camera manufacturers have now moved away from DSLRs to focus on mirrorless systems.
In other words, ZWO’s Dedicated Astrology Camera is clearly the preferred application for planetary photography, and also the most popular for deep sky photography. Of all the pre-selected planet images, 47% were taken with a ZWO camera, while 19% of the pre-selected planet images in the past 5 years were taken with the ZWO ASI174MM, making it the model L’ most popular image for close-ups of planets.
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2 (Credit: Sky Watcher)
Celestron leads the way in planetary imaging with 40% of all pre-selected planetary images taken on a single planet. That puts it ahead of telescope brands like Takahashi, Sky-Watcher, and Planewave.
About 32% of images used the Sky-Watcher telescope mount, and the Sky-Watcher EQ8 Pro was the most popular personal model for the past two years. Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer is also the most popular star tracker with camera.
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