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I'm looking to start - finally, getting into photography again. I used to have a Pentax 1000 years ago that I used for B&W pics. Now, I want to get into both outdoor photography and astrophotography and am looking for input as to which DSLR(s) would be best for a beginner/intermediate use.

As to budget. I suppose around $500 would be what I'm prepared o spend initially.

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What type of astrophotography are you thinking of? ie - coupling the camera to a telescope, star trails over landscape, or just fitting a long lens? –  Darkcat Studios Jul 25 '12 at 7:19
Coupling to the telescope. I want to use the same camera for other photography as well. My budget of $500 is looking more like I will need to go with an entry level camera. –  Tricia Jul 29 '12 at 1:37

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You should mention budget. The Pentax K-5, for example, is a weather-sealed camera that, when coupled with weather-sealed lenses, is great for outdoor photography. Add in the Pentax GPS unit that enables astrotracing (using the anti-shake feature of the camera) to match the Earth's rotation for astrophotogtaphy and you have pretty solid answer to your question. However, the K-5 is a semi-pro and more expensive than the entry-level options.

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What about the K30 or K-01? –  mattdm Jul 25 '12 at 3:58
@mattdm - I don't have any experience with them, so the only thing to confirm is that the long exposure noise reduction could be disabled with them otherwise not a good astrophotography option. –  John Cavan Jul 25 '12 at 10:39

The Canon 60Da is specifically made for astrophotography (has an infra-red filter leaving the camera more sensitive to a specific emission frequency (656nm) of hydrogen, key to capturing images of features such as nebulae (gas clouds) in space), but is about triple the price of your budget ($1499.00/£1174.99).

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