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I'm new to astronomy, I got my first telescope in November (StarMax 90mm f/13), I was really happy with the view of the moon and double stars, but disappointed I could see but barely make out nebula (initially the ring nebula). I also tried to take a photo of the moon with my phone but trying to get a stable shot was too difficult, even with a basic smartphone adapter. I did a bit of research, found about about Video Astronomy/Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA) and decided I needed a better mount and took the opportunity to get a faster telescope (StarTravel 102 f5/). I really like the Sky-Watcher -102 AZ GTe with the ZWO ASI 224MC. I've only used it for 4 nights as there is so much cloud about but it's allowed me to take images of things my eyeball wouldn't see. Although my setup is below the minimum specification most would consider for imaging and entry level for visual observations I think I've found a setup that seems to work for me. I like that with SharpCap I can get instant results and the day after when it's back to cloudy I can get a bit more out of the images with Deep Sky Stacker and Gimp. I have tried looking through the eyepiece at the Pleiades, that was a pleasure as well. I can see how observing with a big Dobsonian and amazing eyepieces would be great, but many objects seem better with a camera than eyeballs. The Horsehead nebula wasn't found until astrophotography came into being. The photo above was taken on my first night with the setup. The January 2019 issue of Sky at Night Magazine has a review of the Sky-Watcher StarTravel-102 AZ GTe and they give it 4.5 / 5. Combining it with an Explore Scientific UHC filter seems to reduce most of the chromatic aberration and increases contrast relative to the stars, and light pollution. Video Astronomy/EAA seems to offer a great window into both the visual and imaging worlds of astronomy. As First Light Optics say "Your first telescope is arguably the most important because if the views do not amaze and delight, your interest in astronomy will crash and burn on the runway!" I understand cost could be an issue, but if the beginner had a suitable camera Video Astronomy could be as accessible as a Go-To visual setup, and seems more likely to amaze (especially in the skies of a typical house). My question is why is video astronomy not the first suggestion for beginners interested in both visual and imaging?
As per the title I am looking for a Skywatcher Startravel 80mm or 102mm optical tube assembly, needed for a project. Cash waiting for a sensibly priced example in good order.
Hi, Yes. it’s me again Sorry to keep asking questions about scopes please forgive me I appreciate all the help from previous posts After having a clear night yesterday after about a week of clouds, I must of spent maybe two hours outside with my binoculars and may have developed an obsession with Star clusters.... ( would’ve like to see some Nebulae but my binos just aren’t that powerful ) So I think I’m looking to get a scope that’s capable for showing nice sharp images as possible but also good FOV too for my price range (200-300). I was looking at the star travel series specifically 102 and 120 on the az3 Mount (I know theses aren’t the best mount for them but it’s the best in my price range I think) I want something that’s easy to lug around as I will be having short walks to near by fields so need as portable as possible and that takes dobs Out the question after my last post ( who knows might get one for my second scope) Are these two good choices for what I want to see I know it’s got ca but not that fussed and heard it’s onoy on planets so it won’t be an issue. many Thanks Clear Skies