Summary: I have been taking astrophotos for years, but new I was missing something, but didn't want to take apart a my $600.00 camera to get the Hydrogen Alpha wave length. So when Canon came out with this camera I knew it was for me. I have been using it for over 6 months now and have never looked back. Sure it costs more than having a camera modded, but I have the Canon warranty and support, something that you loose when you open the camera.
Excerpt: Bought this for my husband as an early anniversary present and he is absolutely ecstatic! He loves the zoom feature and then being able to focus from there. So glad I was able to get it for him, love to see him acting like a kid!
Summary: I've done a lot of comparisons of imaging cameras and this camera performs extremely well if you use it for it's intended purpose. I have a 5D II and a 5D III for terrestrial use. While at a friend's observatory, he showed me images taken of M101 with a 60Da. Knowing that a 5D II is _vastly_ better at high ISO (which maintaining low noise) as compared to a 60D (note... I wrote 60D, not 60Da) I expected my 5D II would blow the doors off his image. Boy was I ever wrong.
Conclusion: From what i have seen it looks to be a good camera. But there is a bad batch of 60D and 60Da cameras out there. I got mine and it worked for 4 hours then i powered it off and that was it. It never powered up again. So untill i get one that works i do not know how good it realy is. They should recall all of the unsold cameras and test them.
Summary: One may want to get a used T2i and have it modified to remove the IR filter... it would be a much less expensive way to go and get better results. This does "OK" for daytime shots but the color and white balance is off some, I can tell the difference. Maybe with an IR filter on the lens would return colors to natural, haven't tried that yet.
Summary: It's not the capabilities of the camera that didn't sit well - it was the confusion in the description(s) about them. When I opened the box there was a little paper on top that said NOT to use this camera for "normal pictures" because of the enhanced red in the sensor would negatively affect them. My goal had been to use this camera for both astrophotography and regular pictures, but this new info was a deal-killer, especially for the price.
Excerpt: I have been doing astrophotography for about 3yrs now and 3 months ago I purchased the 60Da. What a huge improvement! The filter modification has really improved my images. The colors are much deeper and much more accurate than on the standard camera I was using before. The signal to noise level is vastly improved. The red nebulas are 3-4 times more visible. I use an Astronomiks clip in CLS filter and it also works much better with the 60Da.
Pros: Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Summary: The 60Da is a big jump in astrophotography. I have taken a number of deep space images, and everyone has been super. I have an observatory equipped with a large refractor. The bulb setting and imaging set on RAW are far superior to my other Cannon TSI, especially with the Hydrogen Alpha filter; The only thing I would like to have seen them do was to place the timer on the 3" monitor, instead of placing it on top of the camera window.
Summary: As a budding astrophotographer I was extremely excited to get this camera and take it for a test run. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do much with it at all. The first night I had a decent run and captured numerous images. However, for some reason, the next evening the camera would not turn on. Thankfully, Amazon not only agreed to replace the item but shipped it next day before I had even returned the first one. For that I was thankful.