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02-02-2012, 07:08 AM - 1 Like   #1
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K-01 Astrophotography?

Think about it: NO mirror to shake your telescope while being fully compatible with your Prime Focus and Eyepiece Projection adapters... VERY nice color depth... VERY GOOD ISO sensetivity... AND it does video capture so you can stack frames.

02-02-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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Yep, looks like a winner to me as well.
Although we ought to wait for the first tests, I guess...
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it might even work with the GPS thingy too
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I hope it does. I Was wondering about that one for my nature walks.

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The official press release does mention compatibility with the GPS astrotracer feature...
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On the K5 use the mirror lock up if you want to avoid mirror shake.
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I had similar thoughts when I read about the K-01. The K-01 looks better than the K-r but not as good as the K-5 for deep sky photography. For planetary photos the K-01's improved video might make it the best choice.

No mirror seems good for less shake, but you'll be using a remote/timer/intervalometer anyway to avoid shaking when you press the shutter button. K-r and K-5 do allow mirror lock up but that doesn't work with some camera settings. I think the K-01 has a small advantage over the DSLRs in this category.

The K-01 supports a wireless remote. I don't think there's a wired remote shutter release for bulb mode. When stacking multiple long exposures (> 30 seconds), the K-5 can use a smart wired remote with programmable timer. The K-01 and K-r tie here, with the K-5 winning.

(if Pentax firmware let the built-in intervalometer go slower than 30 second shutter speed then that would be perfect for astrophotography and eliminate need for a remote)
02-15-2012, 08:42 AM   #8
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Stolen from the other forum, a Google translate page from Pentax Japan FAQ:

Do you support GPS unit O-GPS1?

Record the area of ​​the image Exif (azimuth) direction of the latitude, longitude, altitude and camera when shooting in your location.
Electronic compass feature will display the (azimuth) direction of the camera latitude, longitude, altitude and current location on the monitor.
Use the information obtained from the satellite GPS, automatically corrects the date and time settings of the camera.
To navigate / Astro tracer straight line is not supported.
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I plan on getting the new Meade LX80 mount to use with my many scopes and K-01.
Meade LX80 Multi-Mount with Series 6000 115mm ED APO |

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