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  1. Thank you guys for your clear answers. in my naive opinion i thought "he" had a better scope but what it really was that the imaging sensor captured a wider spectrum of light so thing look much clearer than what i can see through the scope.
  2. My first question to you is: Why do you do astrophotography? I thought about it and that was the main reason I upgraded my WO Megrez 72 to a LZOS/APM/TMB 105/650 apo with 2.5” FT focuser. Maybe in the future I want to do some astrophotography. I need to ascertain a plethora of knowledge before I end up with an image of acceptable quality. I read some internet articles about astrophotography but to be honest, I think by myself…. NOT AGAIN!... I spent many years to gather knowledge on celestial events, scopes, eyepieces, mounts etc. and finally I have what I want… not necessarily what I need J Now I have to read and do research all over again just because I want to take some pics! There are times that I think, don’t do astrophotography, don’t waste time setting-up computers, mounts, camera’s. Stop fiddling and start gazing! I will be missing events… When I go to hubblesite.org I can download the most amazing images in ultra high resolution. So can I do better? Nope. Will it be fun to print my own images? Yes… would be satisfying. Many of you guys are knowledgeable about this subject, so please tell me… what do you do with you images? Just for your own pleasure? Education? Use it mainly for your avatar or is there a real purpose to this hobby? Are you satisfied with your results? Was it worth spending hours and hours of work to finally print your home made 5’ poster of NGC 6543? I ask you this just to justify (or not) my own interest in astrophotography My LZOS 105 is amazing to look through and I will be satisfied by just looking through it without taking one picture. But knowing that this optical device is able to project some faint electromagnetic radiation onto an optical sensor and display some very nice pictures, itches J Its like owning a racing car and driving it always at 60mph. Knowing it can do a lot more but don’t have the driver skill to do an 8min lap on the Nurnbergring. I have seen many images made by amateur astrophotographers but seen better ones from hubble and its free of charge. So why the effort? I know. It’s a hobby… doing things yourselves is satisfying but could discouraging as well when you see better results from the real pro’s. A friend of mine does nothing.. because he sais I can not do this better that the pro’s, so I won’t bother to try and just enjoy their creation. Well, that’s his opinion… So I want to give it a try but need to know, if I will do my best, that I am capable of creating images with satisfactory result.
  3. Yes, I read indead about autoguiding and it look promising. Worth looking into. As guide scope i could use my WO 72mm or i could use some in-line autoguiding that i have seen (called a off-axis i think). It sits perpendicular to the Main telescope and uses a small prism. A simple dedicated autoguiding sensor is used. I will post a other thread on that.
  4. Friends of mine use professional Laserliner tripods. they look like modern aluminum Berlebach's and are very cheap. They are used for levels and theodolites so they should be very sturdy.
  5. a friend of mine bought resently an Orion UK VX6L-1200TA f/8 with ugraded optics and HEQ5 pro mount. I was realy impressed by it. and is about your price taget.
  6. IMHO i would take always the sturdiest mount i can afford. Heavier is better because it would have a lower resonace frequency. every mount in the consumer grade will have a wobble but less is better. I bought an EQ6 without synscan and bought the upgrade just a few months ago.
  7. Hello everybody, I'm almost 43 years old and been stargazing for about 10 years on and off. Since i have many hobbies i turn my intrest from the one to the other. If i was a woman i would go all those things at once . I started with a 8" dob. it was good but it always was a big hassle to bring to a good spotting location. My gf in those years gave me a 60mm refractor that i used many times. I really loved it even when it was not perfect. Years later i bought myselve a better one. The WO 72mm refractor that i still use with a Altazi head with micro adjust on a Benro A-458 aluminum tripod. One of my other hobbies (on an off) is photography that have been doing since i was 12. Started with a Nikon EM then FE then F3HP. now my Nikon D300 is my work horse, mostly used with old Ais lenses. I never combined those hobbies since it was to much work and i did not make the time to learn. Now i made the step to the serious work and bought 2 months ago the LZOS/APM APO 105/650mm Triplet with 2,5" FT focuser. i have the old EQ6 and the upgrade kit that i still need to install. But as a mechanical engineer i could not just use it... i dismanteled the EQ6 to enhance where possible. So still some assmebly to do. I think it will be summer before i can use it The reason that i came here is to find out what this astrophotography is all about. What i need to know/do/buy. it will be a multi-year plan so i'm not in a hurry. Im looking forward reading your comments, ideas and remarks and hopefully it will add to my abillity to create some great pictures in the future.
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