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Hello Steve and welcome to SGL!! You will need a Canon t-ring and adaptor:

Adaptors - T Rings

Adaptors - 1.25" T mount camera adapter

to attach you camera. Try a few pictures of the Moon. Unfortunately your mount will suffer from "field rotation" and will not be suitable for long exposure photographs without some modification - but there IS plenty that you can do to practice the "art" of astrophotography.

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Hi Steve

What Biz means is that as the scope tracks the stars over time the image will rotate in your scope, this will mean that if you take several images over time the object will appear to turn as you image it.

You can get away with taking short exposures and if you then stack these images the software will compensate for a certain amount of this rotation. For the very detailed images of the fainter objects you need to have exposures of more than a few seconds, some of the best images used several exposure of many minutes, this is where field rotation will begin to be noticed.

Depending on your camera setup etc.. You could start with the moon and maybe Jupiter etc. Try then to get some of the brighter larger objects and see how you get on. M31 the Andromeda Galaxy is huge and quite bright, as is the Orion nebula M42, these are great targets as even with short exposures the images will show quite a bit of detail. From there just see how you get on and by then you should begin to understand your setup and be well on your way to be a true astrophotographer.

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Hi Steve I have the baby brother to yours in the Skymax 102. But desptite being an Alt Az mount like yours and the limitations compared to an equitorial mount there is still plenty you can photograph. The link below is one of the moon I took a few nights ago. http://stargazerslounge.com/observing-lunar-solar/122404-first-light.html Dave...

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Nice picture Dave. Is it hard to align the telescope?

Not at all. So long as you've got a clear sky and know some of the main stars it's a matter of a few minutes to run through the alignment. So long as you have the mount level the synscan goto is fairly accurate (mind you it's not hard to hit the moon).

Oh. Little tip get the finder scope lined up with the main scope as these matsukovs have a limited field of view and trying to get trickier objects centred can be frustrating. A well aligned finderscope really helps.

dave...

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Hello and welcome from me too :p

practising on the moon is a good way to start. Once you master using the camera with the scope and the difficulties the atmosphere introduces you can move on to more tricky subjects. Good luck and clear skies :)

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