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bokchoy ninja

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  1. Based on many peoples' advice here I've decided to return my star adventurer and instead am picking up an Orion Sirius EQ-G mount, which all-around I expect to feel much more substantial and accurate. I'm looking forward to bringing my 180mm focal length lens and dslr out for some widefield shots this upcoming new moon, and eventually picking up a small refractor for those hard-to-reach DSOs. An autoguider is on the radar but will have to wait until my wallet recovers. Overall just really excited to be getting into a hobby that let's me combine two of my passions: photography and science.
  2. Hello. I'm interested in breaking into astrophotography for deep space objects: nebulae and galaxies. I have an aps-c DSLR and a few manual prime lenses up to 200mm. However I don't have a mount. I've been considering a star adventurer but portability is not a concern for me and I'm currently fortunate enough to be able to afford something a bit more robust. I've heard the Orion Sirius is a recommended intro mount for imaging, but most people mention pre-owned ones. I haven't been able to find any so I'm considering buying new. Is the price tag of $1200 approptiate for this mount? It's a bit pricey but I'd rather skip the introductory level gear to avoid wasting money and avoid some frustration. Thanks!
  3. You use the redcat 51 with the star adventurer? Any issue with weight? Do you use a guider? Thanks!
  4. Hello, I'd like to get into AP, specifically imaging nebulae and galaxies. I have a D7100 and an assortment of lenses, a fast 14mm and a fast 180mm being the shortest and longest. I envision potentially picking up a small refractor eventually if I have issues with the reach of the 180mm. However, where I am currently stuck is with the mount selection. I bought a star adventurer on an impulse, and now that I'm doing a bunch of reading, it seems likely that I'll run into its limitations quite rapidly: relatively low load weight capacity and lack of go-to features. However I'm quite partial to its portability and price tag. I can imagine adding an autoguider, but the weight might be a concern. I could just use some advice (or maybe just a kick in the butt) regarding whether I should stick it out with the SA and make the best of it, or alternatively return it and instead pay more than double for an HEQ5, which while being more accurate and stable would be quite a bit less convenient to lug around. Any advice would be appreciated!
  5. Holy moly, great looking shots. If I already have a nikkor 180mm f2.8, is there a reason to jump on this purchase? Or should I go longer to image smaller objects? I use a star adventurer and nikon d7100 btw.
  6. Thanks for the reply, Fabio. I actually just bought the SA and am not quite attached to it yet. I was attracted by the portability and price tag. Do you have an alternative you'd recommend?
  7. Is this thread still alive? Is this scope compatible with a star adventurer / dslr setup?
  8. Can this lens be mounted to a dslr and then supported by that connection alone? In other words can the lens "hang off" a dslr without applying too much stress?
  9. Cool, thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to include a pause between exposures.
  10. That's pretty impressive! Alright, now I'm pumped. Within two hours from where I live, the best sky I can access is a Bortle 4. Is that dark enough to get good results?
  11. Right on, thanks for the reply. I'm in San Diego, so the only limitation is light pollution (spotted out a couple of dark areas that I can plan on visiting on the weekends, though). You don't think I need an autoguider for the star adventurer to get good results?
  12. That's a fantastic photograph, thanks for the reply. Looks like I might be OK with the 180mm, then. Do you think I can get good results without guiding, on the SA? Or should I try to incorporate that into my workflow soon?
  13. Hello, I'm eagerly getting into AP. I picked up a star adventurer, and plan to use it with my Nikon D7100 dslr along with a 14mm lens for wide angle shots and a 180mm FL lens for DSOs. What I'm a bit unsure of is: my longest lens, the 180mm FL, is in reality not *that* long. I see a lot of people with dslr/lens setups using 600mm focal lengths, which to me seems a bit untenable with the SA due to weight and tracking accuracy limitations. With my setup (and currently no autoguiding), what can I realistically aim to achieve in terms of objects imaged? And what would be the "next step" in terms of getting even better images? Autoguiding? Longer lens? A lightweight refractor telescope mounted to the SA? New mount entirely (this would have to wait a while)? Thanks for the help!
  14. Very cool shot, and nice lens! You have the AF version which is a little lighter than the AIS version I bought. Mine's not AF so probably not usable outside of AP, but mine was probably quite a bit less expensive at $200 used. Good to hear that your camera has no trouble holding it, though.
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