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  1. Hi,I am trying to break into the astrophotography realm. Currently I have Nikon D3300. I have a few questions regarding some things i have been looking at for a rig, any help would be appreciated. I am thinking about getting the Bresser EXOS-2GT mount linked here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...EG&sku=1291506Seems like a nice entry level EQ mount that could support a camera or my orion ED 80mm. Just wanted some general opinions on it for entry level brighter DSO imaging.I also have a sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens that I love. Would this be powerful or sharp enough to do some basic DSO imaging? I was thinking of getting one of those cheap 75-300mm lenses, but I won't if i dont need to. I am looking to keep the setup as cheap as possible. I'd like the mount and any new glass I get to ideally be under 600 dollars. Im not trying to get on the cover of Sky and Telescope magazine. Some practice snapping and stacking Orions nebula, pleidias, andromeda, really bright stuff like that is all im really trying to do.Any advice on these items or suggestions for others would be a big help, thank you!
  2. Hi all. I'm trying to get into astrophotography in the cheapest way possible. I have a Nikon d3300, a vanguard tripod that I believe can handle up to 13lbs, and a sigma 150-500mm lens. I'd like to try my hand at long exposure shots on dso's without spending all kinds on money on a new mount. I've seen these skytracker devices from ioptron and was wondering if I would get good data with these. I have a feeling my lens might be the bottleneck, if so, any ideas for a good affordable DSO lens (under 300 bucks)? Any help on info on the guider or better lends would be appreciated!
  3. Thats awesome! do you mind me asking what your camera settings are for foreground shots when you do separate photos? I'm having trouble nailing that down. And do you use photoshop to blend them together?
  4. Hi all, Wasnt sure if this was the right place to post this, but Im new to nightscaping, and had a question. Im learning the ins and outs of photoshop and lightroom. I have taken some shots of the milky way that, to this point, i have been happy with. But id like to learn how to do two separate exposure of the foreground and milky way so i can get one of those awesome shots where everything is in focus. can anyone explain in simple terms the way to blend two images together to achieve this? Thanks!
  5. Hey awesome shots! Just wondering, did you take two separate shots of the foreground and milky way and then merge them, or are these a single exposure?
  6. Hey, sorry to restart this thread, and thanks for your help but I had another quick question. I got the 2 inch extension, should be here soon. With the orion shortttube 80, would i connect my camera to the extension, and then connect that directly to the scope? Or should I include a diagonal in the equation?
  7. I also bought the Orion 80mm refractor, got it used for a good price. I cant seem to focus on the moon with my camera through it, though. is there some sort of piece I can buy, like an extender or something?
  8. Ill check those threads out, thanks! I tried imaging with the nexstar 127SLT, but i cant fit the whole moon in and have to resort to making a stitched image, I'd like to get away from that. Would i have the same problem with the 90?
  9. Thanks @mikeskor will definitely do! Just starting to learn Lightroom and photoshop as well. Enjoying the learning process though!
  10. Hi all, Wondering what some opinions are for a cheap lens that can get my decent closeup pictures of the moon with some above average detail. I've mainly been into landscape stuff but I really want to give this a try. I've seen Rokinon/samyang make those crazy 650-1300mm lenses for really cheap. Does anyone have any experience with those? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA63G2041481&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Digital+Camera+Lenses-_-9SIA63G2041481&gclid=CjwKEAjwoPG8BRCSi5uu6d6N5WcSJABHzD8FNJXEK0ZfQDDyreI5gqNyQVgWT4nXbT55wTnt12-UQhoCLzfw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds Also have been looking at this: http://www.adorama.com/rk500p.html?gclid=CjwKEAjwoPG8BRCSi5uu6d6N5WcSJABHzD8FgtB7Qpb8JwuE4jeasACm_Y2bKnPSY8FbtICWaJTfuBoCqhLw_wcB My budget would ideally be in the sub-$300 range. I'm not trying to win any awards, I just want to take some decent pictures of the moon. I have a Nikon D3300 if that helps. Thank you!!
  11. Taken near First Connecticut Lake. My first go at the Milky Way, been waiting forever for the opportunity!
  12. Hey guys, I was thinking about trading in my celestron nexstar 127SLT for the iOptron Cube-A-R80 (link below). Does anyone have an opinion on the quality of one vs the other. Id be looking for an upgrade, and I want an EQ mount as i dip my toe into the astrophotography pool. Wanted to know if this scope was the way to go for a novice. Any help appreciated. Thanks!! http://www.adorama.com/ATISAR80GR.html?hotlink=t&svfor=5m&gclid=CjwKEAiAi4a2BRCu_eXo3O_k3hUSJABmN9N1FTJEvCzYEW_ey6sD9h0j9QbP_5B9yLIEkEGY9GxwXxoCxA3w_wcB
  13. Hey guys, So I got a great deal on a 14mm f/2.8 lens, and I'd like to try my hand at a milky way shot. I'm getting very conflicting information online as to when milky way "season" is, and was hoping someone could help me out. I live on the east coast of the United states (massachusetts). Thank you!
  14. Thanks for the advice guys! I have been fiddling with the remote shutter now that I have it and am already noticing a difference. Also saves me from standing in the cold! I'll definitely look into the mirror lockup, and I think finally using an EQ mount will make a difference. Appreciate the feedback!
  15. Really appreciate the feedback, guys. I'm so glad I found this site, a lot of helpful and nice people. And being from the US, it's cool to chat with people from mostly the UK!!
  16. thanks guys! The shutter remote just came in last night. I'll be trying many more times once the clouds are gone
  17. single 30 second exposure through a 5" reflector, alt az mount, no shutter remote. A little fiddling in Lightroom. Im really happy with this, not perfect by any stretch at all, but it came out way better than I thought it would, especially without a shutter remote! I'll be using friends' bigger better scopes and EQ mounts soon, so hopefully I can hone my skills and learn stacking. Thanks for the advice from all of you going into trying this shot!
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    First shots at AP

    My first tries and sky shots while on a vacation in Pittsburg, NH
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    From the album: First shots at AP

    First attemp at M42
  20. Thanks for the info. Having not attempted DSO imaging yet, if i can come up with shots like those I will be overjoyed, those are awesome! From a price point perspective, the Orion seems to be significantly cheaper than the skywatcher, so as an entry short tube for imaging I'll probably go with that. I like the idea of having it as a guidescope down the line when I h ave better equipment as well. Thanks for your help!
  21. Cheap scope and it seems to have good specs. I was thinking about purchasing one. Has anyone used one of these for imaging? And if so, did you like it?
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    Orion Constellation

    From the album: First shots at AP

    Orion off my balcony
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    pleiades cluster

    From the album: First shots at AP

    15 second exposure, alt az mount. Hopefully I can improve with more data/better equipment soon
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