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I am completely new to this but am wanting to do some stargazing and astrophotography. i have a great interest particularly in the deep sky and am wondering what kind of telescope i should get in order to mainly view the deep sky but also one that if i wanted to i could view planets etc.
there are low levels of light pollution in my area and i have a pretty good budget (around 1k) wanting a quality telescope that i will still own in years to come as i am wanting to go on to study this.
i am currently looking at reflectors but was wondering if anyone thought that i was looking at the wrong type of telescope based on my preferences. if anyone has any recommendations i would love to hear them as i am not yet sure about well trusted brands etc.
also for the astrophotographers out there what do you believe is an essentials kit for a beginner.
By Astro Buer
I'm looking for any recommendations for a good little refractor as a companion for my Star Adventurer for astrophotography.
Little (in weight) being the operative word given the 5kg payload capacity of the mount!
Currently I am shooting with an Sony A7S and guiding with an Orion Starshoot and Orion 50mm guide scope. So there's a little bit of weight on there already.
Looking at refractors with a focal length of 400-600mm which are proven performers for imaging.
So far contenders are:
Stellarvue 80mm ED
TS-Optics ED 70mm f/6
William Optics Gran Turismo 71 APO Refractor
Any advice/images of rigs/example images/etc would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance :-)
Hey everyone ! I am new to this site , don't know how to properly use it , but hope someone will help me
As the topic says , I am trying to buy my first telescope , and am quite excited for it. I have been reading wuite a lot about astronomy , so I know most of the basics , but have many many unanswered questions ... xD
I was originally looking for a scope for viewing the planets , but well , after learning more , I thought that maybe a scope that can show only planets will eventually get a BIT boring , and will not be used much (although I still admire the planets and still will want to observe them).
Just a quick info on me : I live in a city , have no place to go / or car to transport my scope to a darker place , live in a building , hope to observe from the rooftop. My ONLY CONCERN about this is that from my balcony I can see Vega at night , and as depressing as it may sound , nothing more .It may be because there are buildings covering my view (I at least hope so that's the case) or light pollution , although the place I live is in the orange to red zone in many light pollution maps.
So originally I stumbled upon the Orion Starseeker IV 80mm GoTo refractor.
Thought it was good for the GoTo and stuff , but after doing some research , got concerned about the sturdyness of the mount.Some said it was too shaky (I have almost constant winds of about 10mph at night here) . Plus after some while I discovered DeepSpace and got even more interested in it than the planets . So I started to seek for reflectors. After a while I discarded Dobsonians as an option , cause I do want to do astrophotography ( just amateur , not gonna spend money on expensive DSLR s or sth) . And maybe in the future I will want to do some more serious astrophotography , so it will be very sad , if I have to change the scope later , if I want to...
So after doing some research I am currently watching these scopes .
1. Orion 9827 AstroView 6 Equatorial Reflector Telescope .
2. SkyWatcher Explorer-150P EQ3-2 Reflector.
The only downside of these is that they're not GoTo (The second one has an option , but it's out of my price range) , but I think an additional RA motor drive will do the thing. At lease if I will be able to find anything in my sky ...
That's it ! If you own/have used any of these scopes tell me more about them ! What you like/dont like etc.
ANY GENERAL ADVICE IS APPERCIATED .