I need that lens!
That's awesome! I didn't think it was that easy to connect your camera to a telescope.My cheap telephoto lens
Its actually not horribly bad as a telephoto lens considering it wasnt made for a camera. But my camera mounts perfectly to it. I do have to crop the pictures down but all in all its not bad for $50 and Im only using a point and shoot so its not like I would take amazing pictures with it anyway.
The only picture I have taken with it so far. Plan to try and get pictures of the moon, but the damn moon decides to be under me at night now so will have to wait till this weekend when the moon is out during the day.
Yup. I hear some can be very expensive though. Luckily with a point and shoot camera, it just so happens that my lens fits perfectly into the slot where the eye peice does and the mounting screws hold it in place. Im actually going to find a way to mount it to the eye peice though which will get rid of the need to crop the pictures and prevent me from damaging the motor in the lens.Oh yeah, there are mounts out there which you can buy that allow you to attach your camera body to a telescope. Pretty sure my local photography shop sells them.
I can say that it has made me want to get 2 more lenses in the future. The F/1.8 35mm for night photography that I seen and maybe one with a little more zoom.Nice, they're good cameras. I see you've also got a flashgun.
I can't speak for the 55-200 (since I own the 55-300) but I can say that the kit 18-55 lens is a really good lens.
I've had a play with the f/1.8 35mm with my D3200. It's a really nice affordable lens actually. I've got some test shots of it on my Flickr if you're interested here http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489146944/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489145798/in/photostream/I can say that it has made me want to get 2 more lenses in the future. The F/1.8 35mm for night photography that I seen and maybe one with a little more zoom.
Well, when I said something with more zoom I was thinking more along the lines of something around 700mm. If I could ever find something in my price range haha. The 55-200mm lens is certainly getting the job done for me though. I also wouldnt mind having a 10mm lens. But my primary focus right now is to learn how to use this thing! I took 2 years of photography in high school, been using cameras since elementary school, but this is actually the first DSLR I have used. Never could afford one until now. And now that I have one, I am learning what a beast it is compared to all the point and shoots I have owned in the past. Sure, I could just put it on auto and take great pictures but thats no fun to me. Right now Im taking pictures in full manual and aperture priority modes.I've had a play with the f/1.8 35mm with my D3200. It's a really nice affordable lens actually. I've got some test shots of it on my Flickr if you're interested here http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489146944/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489145798/in/photostream/
I was going to buy it, so I went to my local photography shop to have a go, but when I told the sales person that I wanted to do landscapes he recommend the Sigma 10-20 f/4.0-5.6 to me instead (which for landscapes is a better lens). I took some test shots with that - just to give you an idea of how wide 10mm is (even on a crop body), here is a test shot I took with it http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489145602/ and in B&W http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/9489144284/
So, I think my next lens purchase is definitely going to be the Sigma 10-20 f/4.0-5.6, but I might get the 35mm a bit later down the line. I'm not too sure what I'd do with the 35mm but as you said, it's good for night photography because of the large aperture.
As for a longer lens, I've got the 55-300 and you can zoom in pretty close to things with that. Again, look on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonbrown2013/sets/72157633401330395/ there's a load of shots I've taken with my 55-300. It's a great lens but I'm not too sure if I'd upgrade from a 55-200, unless you'd be prepared to get rid of the 55-200 perhaps. As you can see, I use it mainly for wildlife photography, airshows and flowers.
Id love a 600mm. How many arms and legs are we talking? Im sure after a year of saving I may be able to afford 2 more good quality lenses. Also, both the lenses mine came with say DX on them. Is the D3100 not a DX body?There's the 600m Nikkor but it costs an arm and a leg and those long lenses are usually best off on the DX bodies probably. They'd seriously dwarf a D3100 haha!
It's good that you're learning with all the manual modes. Are you also shooting in RAW? If you want to edit, then RAW all the way!