Argghhh, the wait for the JTW Astronomy modified Sony A7s is proving to be tortuous! I emailed them the other day, only to be told that they were facing challenges sourcing a new Sony for the Frankenstein conversion, as I call it. ‘A few more days’ I’m told.
In the meantime, for the Sony I’ve ordered a mains power adapter, a 2 inch 12nm Ha filter and an interval timer (since PC control of the Sony looks doubtful, and the developer of BYEOS has told me that he has no plans to build a Sony version!). The 2 inch filter screws into the Takahashi T mount adapter, corrector-side, ingenious. WHEN I receive it, I’ll investigate many of the in-camera ‘apps’ that can be purchased, including one that allows live viewing via an iPad! That should be an excellent feature.
So in the meantime, enjoy some links to images I’ve seen on the web, in my DAILY searching of the main repositories. Alas, Flickr searches result in precious few astro results.
Brian Allan has quite a few A7s astro pics, showing good promise, many at 6400 ISO
This Korean chap has some very nice pics.
JDB Astro’s pics are here, pretty average but many are just single shots.
Randy C is a bit of a galaxy nut, taking advantage of the cam’s sensitivity to rapidly amass quite a library of faint-fuzzies.
Of course, watch the amazing Fritz Helmut Hemmerich’s FB page for just stunning images taken from very dark skies. He keeps taking pics with the Sony, looks like he’s abandoned his mono cams. I certainly notice a leap in quality compared to his earlier work. Check out his ridiculous exposures, so many, so short!
Keep watching this blog for any other major Sony A7s news/images!