Thanks for all your responses, its much appreciated. I do see that I really need a larger scope with a motorised EQ mount in the long run, but I'm really looking for an introduction to see if its something that I'd like to spend £1000 on. I was under the impression that the Skywatcher Explorer 130P Supatrak Auto was able to track objects and should therefore enable me to take longer exposures - or is it not able to track for long enough to do this?
Hmmmm....thought there may be an easier way into things than that - thanks for the info and the link to the primer. So, just to clarify, if I strap a DSLR camera to a £200 scope I'm wasting my time?
Hello, I'm looking for some advice on which is the best scope to buy with a view to using a DSLR (Nikon D3), rather than just viewing. I'm a complete novice (no astronomy experience whatsoever) so wouldn't look to spend more than £200 in the first instance. Would a Skywatcher Explorer 130P Supatrak Auto offer reasonable results initially? It would be great if there's anyone who has any photos taken with a similar set up so I could see what to expect... any advice gratefully received! thanks.