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07-03-2020, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I am now looking at Pentax cameras for over a year for astrophotography and would be very interested in hearing if the K-1 or Kp is a better choose for starters like me.

Thanks a lot for your inside.

07-03-2020, 08:56 AM   #2
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Both are great cameras for astrophotography - you can't go wrong with either.

Minor advantages of the KP are its smaller size and lower cost.

Minor advantages of the K-1 are its bigger battery and very versatile tilting screen.

One tie-breaker might be the type of astrophotography you want to do.

If you want to do wide-angle astrophotography (Milky Way, meteor showers, aurora, star trails, or stars+landscapes), then the larger sensor of the K-1 might make it a better choice.

If you want to do narrow-angle astrophotography (moon, nebulae, galaxies, etc.), then the smaller sensor of the KP might make it a better choice.

Have fun!
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Welcome to Pentax Forums.

I would recommend the K-1 if you are alright with the full frame type DSLR and the choices are only the K-1 or the KP. If feasible, I would also recommend the K-1 II, which I have. It has always done an excellent job for me pertaining to all aspects of performance.

Good luck with your decision.

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07-05-2020, 07:10 PM   #6
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As others have mentioned the KP would be a good choice as well.

If you add the battery grip accessory, you can load a larger battery in the grip as an external battery, then set the external battery as the main battery. When it gets close to empty, simply remove it, the camera does an auto switch to the on-board battery, replace the external battery with a freshly charged battery, and the camera will do another auto-switch back to the external battery. Just remember to set the external battery as main, otherwise it will deplete the onboard battery first. This would give you as much on-time without the hassle of an external power source.

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