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  1. I'm trying to pick out a good camera for astrophotography. It needs to be cheap, which I know means reduced quality, but this camera is just so I can decide if I want to pursue astrophotography further. I want to be able to image both planetary and deep space with it, but most cameras are really one or the other, so if I can only have one I'll take planetary. Also, I'd love some basic tips and advice that will make this easier. I have a few questions, but the one I most want an answer to is about camera types. There are a bunch of different kinds, and I don't know what the difference is. I Goo
  2. This is pretty much my exact setup right now, and I highly recommend it. The GOTO features are awesome, and even though I don't really need it anymore I still use it when I can. I got mine for about $500, and it was worth every penny. Only thing is, I wouldn't take it on a motorcycle if I had a choice. If you have access to a car, that would be better, but if you can secure it to the side of the motorcycle and drive carefully you can probably make it work. I would recommend getting the peterson first guide to astronomy, it costs like $10 and is probably the single most helpful astronomy tool I
  3. I am building a telescope for the first time, and I had some questions. Most of them were answered on a separate thread which I will link, but I had one I forgot to ask. I am using Quiktube for the optical tube, and I need to paint it to stop light from bouncing inside to much. The problem is that the inside is waterproofed, so I am not sure how to paint it. Should I use a primer? And when I put the black paint on the inside, what is the best way to do it? It seems to me it would be really hard to paint the inside of a big tube, so I have been trying to figure out the best way to paint it. Wha
  4. I know the feeling. When I first saw a star cluster (I don't remember which one it was now) I thought it looked too red, but now I know it just had a weird number of red stars. Before photographing an object, it's a good idea to look it up so you know what to expect from the object.
  5. I am fairly new myself, so I can say from what little experience I have that the best thing you can do is look at the moon. And then again. And again. I would recommend looking at the moon every free night you have for at least a month. You will learn a a lot about the moon, and you will learn how to aim at and find a very small object. Once you do that, I would say the best thing to do is try to look at a planet. They are small and hard to find, but are well worth the time and will help you learn how to find even smaller objects. I would also recommend a pair of binoculars, I have a good pair
  6. I don't know much about imaging, but there are a lot of blue stars in that cluster. What cluster did you say it was? It could just be that it has lots of O and B class stars, because the image looks fine to me.
  7. That is something I hadn't thought of. A raspberry pi doesn't make much heat, but it might make enough to have an effect. Thanks for the tip!
  8. I might experiment with some of the nearest objects like the Andromeda galaxy and some binary stars, but I am planning pretty much exclusively on this being a scope for the moon and planets, because a raspberry pi camera is, as you said, not built for this. I might try stacking exposures, but I have more interest in the moon and planets right now.
  9. That is very true, but it adds other possibilities. I could connect the raspberry pi to some motors and a laptop with tellurium for a PushTo system, for instance. Don't like giving up the versatility of eyepieces, but I have a pretty nice mak that is more than strong enough for visual observing most objects visible in my area, so I think it is worth it.
  10. Are you sure about the F ratio? I looked it up yesterday because I didn't know what it was, and that was what I found. You are right that mounting a raspberry pi doesn't have very many advantages, but for me the biggest are that it is way cheaper than a good camera, and I can use the raspberry pi for other things as well, like eventually I want to set it up with a stellarium-guided PushTo system, and the raspberry pi could be used for that as well. There are a lot of things you can do with a raspberry pi, which is why I am giving up some things, like eyepieces, for the potential improvements I
  11. I am building a newtonian reflector telescope for the first time, and I have a few questions about things like focal ratio and identifying how long the telescope needs to be. I understand the basics of a focal ratio, a smaller number like an f/4 gets me a brighter image at the cost of clarity and field of view, while i higher number like an f/6 is dimmer but clearer and wider. I am planning on an 8" (203.2mm) primary mirror, and as an added complication (but definite benefit) in place of a secondary mirror I am adding a raspberry pi and a raspberry pi camera that will stream images to my lapto
  12. I am building a newtonian reflector telescope, and I could use some help. This is my first DIY telescope, so I am pretty unprepared and don't know where to buy some stuff, namely optics. I am planning on going for a 8" aperture, but I can't find a website that sells mirrors. What website or sites has good quality mirrors but isn't to expensive, and what mirror coating is best? All help is appreciated, thank you in advance!
  13. nice views of uranus, they look really good! what kind of scope are you using again?
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