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After seeing some of the amazing pics in this forum, I'd like to try my hand at getting pics of the stars (without trails). I found this tripod online and the price is great, but I'd be curious to see what the experts have to say. Has anybody used this tripod? What would you guys suggest for a beginner on a budget?

BTW, I don't have a telescope, I plan on just doing wide angle shots for now.

http://www.telescope.c​om .../-1/c/4/sc/59/p/27154.ut​sexternal link

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R2duBot wrote in post #13435655external link
After seeing some of the amazing pics in this forum, I'd like to try my hand at getting pics of the stars (without trails). I found this tripod online and the price is great, but I'd be curious to see what the experts have to say. Has anybody used this tripod? What would you guys suggest for a beginner on a budget?

BTW, I don't have a telescope, I plan on just doing wide angle shots for now.

http://www.telescope.c​om .../-1/c/4/sc/59/p/27154.ut​sexternal link

Thanks!
R2

I believe this tripod has been discussed before, unfortunately on the Orion website there are no user reviews. Hopefully people will respond with knowledge and/or experience with this setup. The price seems to be good IMO

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I have that exact bundle, and it works ok for beginning astrophotography if you're shooting things you can see. The hard part is getting it "polar aligned" so it will track the stars reasonably accurately, and especially finding objects that are invisible to the naked eye; you end up taking a ton of long-exposure shots as your move the mount in small increments until you get your target framed the way you want. I have posted a couple of shots I used it for on these threads: http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​068002 and http://photography-on-the.net .../showthread.php?t=1​063833

TBH, if you can bump your budget up to ~$600 or so ($300 for a used one), you can get a computerized goto mount that will be much easier to align, and will find the objects for you. That won't automatically make your pictures any better, but you'll be able to start shooting quicker, and get more of them.

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maybe a stupid question but has anyone tried to modify a computerized mount for a telescope like the Celestron SkyExpidition 60 and attach a dslr for tracking?
here is a link to one: http://www.costco.ca ...0360239&whse=BCCA&t​opnav=external link

I'm out of my league here as I have only take a few moon pictures, but the more I read on this site the more I'm looking forward to trying.

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Post #4, Nov 25, 2011 13:11:08


5D MKII/ 7D/ 100-400 L/ EF-S 10-22 / 100L f2.8 IS Macro / 70-200L f4 IS / Σ 30 f1.4 / 50 f1.8 / Tamron 18-270 / 430 EX II (x2) / Opteka fisheye/ Zoom 1n

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alexg212 wrote in post #13449961external link
maybe a stupid question but has anyone tried to modify a computerized mount for a telescope like the Celestron SkyExpidition 60 and attach a dslr for tracking?
here is a link to one: http://www.costco.ca ...0360239&whse=BCCA&t​opnav=external link

I'm out of my league here as I have only take a few moon pictures, but the more I read on this site the more I'm looking forward to trying.

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Even though the tracking for this is adequate for viewing, I doubt it would be good enough for astrophotography, otherwise a lot of people would have done it already.

Post #5, Nov 25, 2011 17:14:13


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Thanks for the replies! I'll probably pass this up and hold out for something better.

Slight change of topic...

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon an Orion Skyview Pro for $50 at a garage sale today. It's in near perfect shape, and has a few parts for the motorized functions. The bad news is it's missing a couple of other parts. (the "Center Support Shaft" and the
"Tube Ring Mounting Plate") Apparently, Orion doesn't sell replacement parts to third party purchasers. Would anyone like to sell me their Center Support Shaft? lol. Maybe I'll start a new post about that...

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Post #6, Nov 25, 2011 21:17:32 as a reply to cyberon's post 4 hours earlier.


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R2duBot wrote in post #13451692external link
Thanks for the replies! I'll probably pass this up and hold out for something better.

Slight change of topic...

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon an Orion Skyview Pro for $50 at a garage sale today. It's in near perfect shape, and has a few parts for the motorized functions. The bad news is it's missing a couple of other parts. (the "Center Support Shaft" and the
"Tube Ring Mounting Plate") Apparently, Orion doesn't sell replacement parts to third party purchasers. Would anyone like to sell me their Center Support Shaft? lol. Maybe I'll start a new post about that...

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Try cloudynights.com's "sale & swap" forums, or Astromart.

Post #7, Nov 26, 2011 08:59:33


T1i (500D), SX50HS, A2E film body, Tamzooka (150-600), Tamron 18-270 VC, Canon FD 100 f/4.0 macro, Canon 24-105 f/4L,Canon EF 200 f/2.8LII, Canon 85 f/1.8, Tamron Adaptall 2 90mmf/2.5 Macro, Tokina 11-16, Canon EX-430 flash, Vivitar DF-383 flash, Astro-Tech AT6RC and Celestron NexStar 102 GT telescopes, various other semi-crappy manual lenses and stuff.

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Try cloudynights.com's "sale & swap" forums, or Astromart.


Excellent links! Thank you very much!

Post #8, Nov 30, 2011 14:57:57 as a reply to archer1960's post 4 days earlier.


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6D -- 7D -- Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II -- Canon 50mm f/1.4 -- Σ 70-200mm f/2.8 OS -- Canon 400mm f/5.6L -- 430EX II -- Orion Skyview Pro w/True Track

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