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  1. Thank you so much Fabio for your advice. And to everyone else who contributed, thank you. I really appreciate it.
  2. Can you give me some examples of what a telescope with a focal length of 500mm would produce in comparison to a focal length of say 700mm... is it enough to consider upgrading?
  3. Thanks again guys. I have actually already watched that video a couple of times, and read that article and they were both very informative and convincing. For refractors, in your opinion, what would provide the most up-close and clearest photographs of DSO's. Skywatcher ed80 or Sharpstar CF-80? The sharpstar CF-80 is carbon fibre, meaning less adjusting and has a triplet apochromatic lens. But, the skywatcher ed80 seems to be extremely popular for a good reason. What one
  4. Thanks for the advice guys. I thought that a refractor was going to be my choice for purchase, but now I'm torn! I hadn't considered an RC model before and this would eliminate those focus problems the Newtonian telescopes present. I have decided that I'll get the Heq5 mount for sure (that can hold around 13kg or 28.7lbs), allowing me room to choose a refractor or reflector. I would like to get up close and personal with nebulae and gas clouds and other DSO's, but I also would like a decent, sharp photograph. The refractor I am suggesting is carbon fibre (no shrinking or swelling in heat) and is an 80mm f6.25 ED Glass Triplet Apochromatic telescope. Would this suffice for what I am wishing to capture, or should I give an RC model more of a look?
  5. Which do you think is better for my current situation (DSO in a Band 5-6 light polluted area), a moderate, intermediate refractor... or a larger Newtonian reflector for astrophotography? This may ultimately decide my mount and thus other telescopes I may purchase (weight factor again).
  6. Yes, I agree that the major factor to consider is the mount that will be used. For my budget, would a SkyWatcher HEq5 Pro GoTo Mount be sufficient? I feel as though it has a decent carrying capacity and the youtuber AstroBackyard uses the same mount for his astrophotography.
  7. Thanks, Demonperformer, I primarily am looking to photograph DSO's with my chosen camera, which is why I thought that an 8" Reflector with great light gathering abilities would be a good option for my possible setup. In your opinion, what type of telescope would be best for getting clear, colourful and accurate DSO's with my Nikon D7000 DSLR camera? Thank you again, Mackenzie
  8. Hi, This is the first time writing on this site and I am in dire need of telescope choosing help. My goal is to create a decent, long-lasting and intermediate astrophotography setup that will produce quality images of deep sky objects and some planetary objects. I currently have a DLSR Nikon D7000 camera and I have saved up and am now looking at approximately an AU$2800 (US$1990) budget. I also live in a suburban area with mild light pollution (band 5-6) with access (via a 3hr drive) to a secluded area with very small amounts of light pollution (band 2-3 (maybe 1)). I have undergone a lot of research and have asked a few local experts about which decision to make, however, I am still unsure. Hence why I am here. My options consist of: 1. A Refractor SharpStar CF-80 Carbon Fibre 80mm f6.25 ED Glass Triplet Apochromatic telescope, with a Skywatcher EQ35 GoTo Computerised Equatorial mount, SharpStar Flattener for Astrophotography, and a Celestron 1.25 UHC/LPR Filter for the light pollution. This (along with the camera mounts nessercary) equates to AU$3,249.85 (with shipping)... over budget, way over budget. 2. A Reflector Saxon Velocity 2001 GOTO EQ5 Go-To Reflector Telescope (telescope and mount bundle (great value)), with a Saxon 2x Achromatic 1.25" Barlow Lens, 1.25" Extension Tube Mount Adapter for Camera Telescope Eyepiece, and a Celestron 1.25 UHC/LPR Filter for the light pollution. This equates to AU$1,890.94... way, way under budget, and I feel as though I may be missing some nessercary equipment. 3. A Reflector Orion 8297 8-Inch f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph Telescope with a SkyWatcher HEq5 Pro GoTo Mount, with a Saxon 2x Achromatic 1.25" Barlow Lens, 1.25" Extension Tube Mount Adapter for Camera Telescope Eyepiece, and a Celestron 1.25 UHC/LPR Filter for the light pollution. This equates to AU$2306.60... under budget, and, again, I feel as though I may be missing some nessercary equipment. My dilemma is whether or not I should invest in the refractor (get crystal clear images, non-flipped images, very little maintenance, lightweight and straightforward, opportunity to purchase a better telescope later on (keeping the mount for a long time) and having the opportunity to easily attach a dedicated astrophotography camera later on also) that is way, WAY over my dedicated budget. Or, should I go for the cheaper reflector (large diameter and great focal length, amazing light gathering abilities allowing it to see very faint and very distant objects, super cheap, raw colours (always)) that isn't quite the best option for astrophotography. All astrophotography setups that I have come across are refractors (really good ones) for obvious reasons, but the cheap and large nature of the reflector makes it very attractive. However, the major reason for me not purchasing a reflector ASAP is because of the whole camera attachment issue. I have included a Barlow Lens above for both options, as I know that my DLSR camera will experience difficulty focussing due to the depth of the sensor in the camera. I know the possible solutions (such as moving the primary mirror, buying a new external eyepiece adaptor, etc.), however, they all present challenges that may cause me to damage the telescope. If anyone has any better, cheaper refractor setup that would be of interest to an intermediate astrophotographer, please let me know. Any advice on my options, or on entirely new options, would be greatly appreciated. What do you think the best option for me is... refractor or reflector? Any explanation on why would also be hugely appreciated. Thank you for reading, Mackenzie. CLEAR SKYS!
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