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  1. Hello Everyone, I recently had a post about different webcams for astrophotography. There is another option I've been looking at, which is astrophotography with a DSLR camera. However, I don't have a very good understanding of many of the terms I've come across while doing research. I'd really appreciate if someone could give me a rundown on astrophotography with a DSLR. If I choose this option for taking my images, I will be using an Orion Starblast 4.5 EQ with a motor drive as my telescope, not exactly sure on the specific camera, though. I would like to know how an average night of astro-imaging goes, as well as the basic process to follow, and maybe a couple of references to helpful articles/videos. Keep in mind that I'm attempting to learn DSLR imaging through a telescope with a T-Ring and T-Adapter, not piggybacking. Thanks, and if you need any clarifications just let me know! Thanks for all the help! Clear Skies- Rohun
  2. Do you think that the extra 3.7 mp in the StarShoot 5 is worth the extra $90? Will 1.3 mp be sufficient if I'm on a budget? Thanks!
  3. Thank you so much! I will try this out but my webcam seems pretty useless right now.
  4. That's a great idea, but would I need a very good quality webcam? Because I have an old one but I'm not sure hat it can deliver good views. In addition, how do I modify it?
  5. Nice! But like I said, my scope doesn't have tracking and I need an astrophotography solution and camera.
  6. Hello! This is my first post in a year since my initial post after joining this community. I look forward to posting and contributing more, as well as getting to know some other astronomy enthusiasts! A little bit of background: I got into astronomy during December of 2012. Today, I am the owner of a pair of Celestron 15x70 binos, as well as an Orion xt8i Dobsonian. I own multiple eyepieces, including an 8-24mm zoom eyepiece, and a variety of filters, including a 13% transmission moon filter, an ultra block narrowband filter, and a set of color filters. The only major thing I consider to still be missing from my 'arsenal' is a way of taking astrophotographs, which leads me to the purpose of today's post. I have been looking into astrophotography for some time now, and as I have a Dobsonian, the only practical type of astrophotography I can engage in (from my understanding) is Solar System Imaging. I am looking at different Solar System imagers which come with software allowing me to stack multiple frames. I emphasize that I do not have a tracking mount, or the budget/supplies to build one. I have been particularly looking at the Orion StarShoot Camera 4, the Orion StarShoot 5 MP Camera, and the Orion StarShoot USB Camera. I am wondering why the prices are so drastically different, seeing as they all appear to perform similar tasks. I'd love if someone could give me a rundown of the pros/cons of each of these cameras, or any other useful information regarding them. In addition, if there are any similar cameras that you have had a good experience with from other companies , I'd love to check them out as well! Lastly, I'd like to know if there are any other methods with which I can take astrophotos. Keep in mind that they must be applicable to an instrument without tracking capabilities. Thank you guys for all the help! I hope to get more into the community over the next couple of months! Clear Skies- Rohun
  7. I've been scouring the skies for the past two years, so I have naturally been drawn to the art of astro-imaging. The problem is that I have a dobsonian, 8 inches, and it doesn't track. What objects can I effectively photograph? I have a basic point and shoot camera, and 4 basic color filters. Are there any easy astronomy webcams that I can use to help me image the moon, sun and planets? Maybe some normal webcams that I can modify for astronomy purposes? My budget I'm looking at is around $100. Also quick side question. Will a 2 inch eyepiece dramatically improve views of galaxies? Thanks! Clear Skies, Rohun
  8. Hi everybody, and thanks for all the kind and helpful replies. I am definetely going to purchase Turn Left at Orion as it seems like a phenomenal astronomy resource. All these links you guys have given me will keep me busy for a while! Thanks again! Clear Skies- Rohun
  9. Hello everybody! I'm a new stargazer's lounge member, and this is my first post, however I have been looking at many other posts the past few years. I've been interested in astronomy for the past 2 years or so, and I have 2 optical instruments. I have a pair of Celestron binoculars, the 15x70 ones, as well as the Orion xt8i dobsonian. I have several 1.25 inch eyepieces as well, including an 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece and a 3x Barlow, in addition to the 10mm and 25mm eyepieces that Orion supplied with my scope. In addition to those, I also have 3 of Orion's filters. The 13% transmission moon filter, the Orion ultra lock narrowband filter, along with Orion's basic set of 4 color filters. Now to my question(s). I live in the San Diego area, and was wondering what are some easy yet rewarding objects to see this time of year? I don't have experience with summer stargazing because last year there was an onset of clouds that ruined almost every night. I have already looked at Saturn, m57 or the Ring nebula, and m22, the globular cluster in Sagittarius. I'm aware of several other nebulae in Sagittarius, including the omega, triffid, and lagoon, as well as the eagle in Serpens. Will I be able to see these clearly with my scope and accessories in moderate light pollution? What details will be seen through my scope? What is a good magnification for each of those objects? Also, when the season is right, which galaxies will I be able to see, and how much detail on each one? Any help appreciated, thanks! Clear Skies- Rohun
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