Although LiveView is much easier, it is possible to do without live view if you can take pictures with software. I did that with my D70s for a while. You connect the laptop/raspberry pi to the camera, use tethered mode (which auto downloads the image) to take a picture and view it on the larger screen of the laptop. Then adjust focus and repeat. With a Bahtinov mask and a laptop it is much easier. All of it was done running gphoto2 on a raspberry pi 3B ($35) connected to the camera to which I VNC ed in.Juno16 wrote: ↑Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:54 pm lsintampa,
I could be wrong, but without live view, it will be nearly impossible to focus accurately. You can’t zoom in to use a batinov mask. Even if DigicamControl supports the camera, without the lv camera function, you still have the focus issue.
When shooting stars, “close” focus isn’t good enough.
Used dlsr’s that work well for astro ave available for very low prices on ebay. I bought my Nikon D5300 for $250 on ebay with less than 2k shutter clicks. I have seen Canon t3i’s for less than $200.
Just a thought.
What finally got me to move to a T3i ($150 on ebay) was not being able to do greater than 30 s shots (bulb mode) using software on the D70s.