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Astrophotography and landscape astrophotography with a 645Z

Greetings form Namibia. Im interested in trying my hand with astrophotography but I can find very little information on the web about using MF cameras, let alone the 645Z, except for Michael Reichmann's luminous landscape post from a few years ago just prior to his passing. I have a old built like a tank Gitzo tripod and a mix of glass from the HD DA 645 28-45 F4.5 to the SMC Takumar 6 x7 400 F4. What I am hoping to get some feed back on is what tracking head should I be looking at that will work both for landscape with the 28-45 and to try deep space with the 400 Takumar. I would very much like to avoid making a purchasing mistake. The load capacity is not to much of an issue with the 645Z and the 28-45 but with the 400 Takumar it will come in at 4kgs which would limit someo fhte tracking head choices. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Chris


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For relatively hassle-free astro-photography with Pentax, start here...


Any other route is doing it the hard way and destined for disappointment.

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Astrophotography - PentaxForums.com is worth a look. Something from the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer series of mounts might do but you will be at the limit with a heavy lens.
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