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By Ryan Adams
I am relatively new to astronomy, as well as this forum so I'm sorry if anything seems obvious that I don't pick up on. However after using a very basic set up to capture some photos of the moon I wanted to invest in some astrophotography equipment.
Ideally I am looking to spend around £800 - £900, and I wanted some ideas on good mounts as well as scopes that can be used to take decent images of the moon along with other celestial bodies in the solar system.
I have been looking at the Celestron Nexstar 6SE as well as the sky watcher explorer/evostar series attached to a EQ-5 Pro GOTO Mount but as I said I am relatively new to the hobby and have no idea what's good and what's bad.
I would also prefer it if the mount is suitable for deep sky astrophotography along with planetary imaging as once I get the hang of planetary imaging I would like to take a stab at deep sky astrophotography.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
With several clear nights over the past week, I've been playing with the Synscan Pro app (Android) in conjunction with a Synscan WiFi adapter on an EQ3Pro mount. I have to say I'm generally quite impressed. Much cheaper than buying a traditional handset.
However, this evening I was trying to "creep up" on the Andromeda Galaxy by star hopping towards it via Mirach, Mu Andromedae and Nu Andromedae. Mirach was no problem but the other stars were not available for selection in the app. Am I missing something? I couldn't find any way to enter an SAO number or any other catalogue number to find the minor stars.
Is this a limitation of the app? Or the adapter perhaps? Or is it me?
The North America and Pelican nebulae are situated in the Cygnus constellation and are thought to be 1800 light years away. My favourite part of the image is "The Wall", which is the "Mexico" part of the North America nebula and is a source of intense star formation.
The data for this image was collected all on one night and therefore could do with more integration, but I like the result. I've used my go-to "natural blend" narrowband (as originally suggested by Jon Rista on Cloudy Nights):
R = 76%*Ha + 24%*SII
G = OIII
B = 85%*OIII + 15%*Ha
I personally prefer this "natural blend" to the Hubble palette both in terms of look and ease of processing!
4 hours integration time, captured with WO Z73/ZWO ASI1600MM Pro/Astrodon Filters. Full details here.
Thanks for looking!
Firstly thank you to all contributors. I have found this forum a very useful resource over the last 12 or so months.
The excellent advice has led to me accelerating my observing and finding objects easily. I also Live in South Africa and am very spoilt with choice.
The problem is I am unsure on the best way to catalogue my observations so that I dont hunt them again. The common messier object etc are easy to catalogue but when it comes to the NGC it becomes difficult.
Any advice will appreciated.