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Hello Everyone, I'm new here and new to telescopes and everything related. I've always loved space and related T.V. shows and have finally decided I wish to get into staring at space a bit closer and astrophotography. Anyways to the good stuff, I've been doing a lot of research and while I still don't have that much knowledge I think I have an idea of what I would like, but not sure what I all I need or what may go together good/great. The telescope(s) I've been looking at are Z61 or the Z73, I don't have thousands to spend but wish to get something good and I'll be able to get more stuff for later down the road to make even better. I am not set on the WO's either, I just found an article from astrobackyard that recommended it and it was the cheapest on the list. I saw on highpointscientific that the Z61 is discontinued is this true? Since the WO Zenithstar don't come with almost anything other than the OTA, below I've listed other things I think I'll need to get started right away. I understand these telescopes have a wide FOV, but don't understand how/why the eyepieces take an effect on the FOV or even some that I've seen some provide a FOV number related to that eyepiece. Star diagonal: WO-diagonal Eyepieces: I believe I'll need 2" unless I can (believe) get a star diagonal ^ that has a converter to 1 1/4 (I think would rather have 1 1/4 due to cost differences?): Celestron-1-1/4 or Celestron-2 Mount: Not really sure about this one.. Again wish not to spend a lot of money, want to get the job done successfully. Camera: Was wanting to get one that I could hook up to a computer, but a family member has a Canon Rebel XS DSLR which I believe will work? Do I need a special T ring to hook this up? I can't seem to think of anything else I may need at this time, am I missing anything else that is a must? I'll get a case for it as well since of course, I'll want to protect my investment. Any feedback is appreciated and welcome :-) Jonathan Sloan
Hello everyone, As you can probably tell I’m brand new to the community. While I’ve been passionate about space related topics for my whole life, I’ve finally taken the leap and I’m about buy a simple astrophotography rig. Ive done a fair bit of research and, like many, I’ve decided that the William Optics Zenithstar 61 APO refractor is best suited for my situation. I plan to use my canon 600D/T3i as the main imaging camera and I also plan to use the Skywatcher Star Adventurer as a tracking mount for this scope. However I have a few questions: 1: I seem to be confused about how I should connect my DSLR to the Z61. As far as I’m aware, all I need is a T-ring and the WO Flat 61 Field flattener and I should be good to go. Is that correct? 2: will I need a dovetail bar to mount the Z61 to the star adventurer? Or can I directly mount the z61 to the base of the star adventurer? (This was demonstrated by Trevor Jones from astrobackyard with his Z61 and the ioptron Skyguider Pro.) Sorry for such a long thread; I’d just hate to finally get all my gear together and find out that some gear is incompatible. Thanks for the help!