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Gometang
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Dec 12, 2011 22:20 |  #1

Hi,

I am new to astrophotography and was wondering what telescope would be a good starter for me. I am not new to photography, but I know I have quite a bit to learn regarding taking night shots of the sky with some of my primes lens and learning about longer exposures and layering. I still need to get some shooting time in, but I want to know what is a good starter telescope once I feel more comfortable with it.

Any suggestions and recommendations?

Thanks,

Gome




  
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Dec 13, 2011 03:40 |  #2

An ED80 triplet, best starter scope for astrophotography!


500D, Speedlite 430EX II, Lens : 15-85mm; 50mm F1.8 II; 100mm F2.8L IS Macro; 70-200mm F4L; Samyang 8mm F3.5
U/W : G11, OEM Housing, Inon S2000, Inon D4 Tray, Inon UCL-165 Close up lens
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Dec 13, 2011 07:39 |  #3

doesnt matter- any quality APO, newt or sct will do matching up to your camera, what matters is the mount and guiding system




  
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Dec 13, 2011 08:34 |  #4

I got my Explore Scientific ED80 triplet complete with illuminated finder, diagonal, eyepiece and case for under US$800


500D, Speedlite 430EX II, Lens : 15-85mm; 50mm F1.8 II; 100mm F2.8L IS Macro; 70-200mm F4L; Samyang 8mm F3.5
U/W : G11, OEM Housing, Inon S2000, Inon D4 Tray, Inon UCL-165 Close up lens
Astro : Modded 1100D, ES 80ED, Skywatcher HEQ5 Mount, Astrotrac TT320X-AG, Astronomik CLS Clip in filter

  
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Dec 13, 2011 11:29 |  #5

IMHO a good used Celestron CG5-ASGT and the 80mm triplett mentioned above would be a fine start. I never advise spending lots of $$ to anyone just starting out. Some soak tons in to a rig then realize the hobby is not for them. The CG5 is a good, reliable mount that will track well with the 80mm. Keep to a shorter focal length when learning as the are lots more forgiving that a longer focal length SC..


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Dec 13, 2011 11:48 as a reply to  @ spit's post |  #6

Absolutely the most important component for any AP set-up is the mount. That is the foundation to everything!

As for telescopes, you will have to be careful with some mass marketed Newtonian Reflectors when used with a DSLR. Due the the size of the sensor and the focal ratio of some reflectors it is impossible to get proper focus. There are however Newtonians made specifically for AP with DSLRs.

My recommendation would be very similar to waassaabee, unless you are absolutely positive you will get seriously involved with AP.

For now these might help.

An Introduction to Astronomy Photography and its various methods
http://www.scribd.com …y=key-gnoflczzrljkxl1qzzd (external link)

Introduction to DSLR astrophotography
http://www.scribd.com …y=key-gnoflczzrljkxl1qzzd (external link)


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Gometang
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Dec 13, 2011 12:07 |  #7

Thanks fellas. It's amazing how different this is; at least different from people photography, yet vast in knowledge and information regarding astronomy in general. I'm scared I might get too far into this lol.

Also, I have a 5dm2; would the Explore Scientific ED80 triplet work with this in terms of sensor size you mentioned?




  
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Dec 13, 2011 16:27 |  #8

Yes, any ED80 triplet will work with any DSLR. You need a T adapter for it, better still get a 2" adapter since you have a FF sensor.


500D, Speedlite 430EX II, Lens : 15-85mm; 50mm F1.8 II; 100mm F2.8L IS Macro; 70-200mm F4L; Samyang 8mm F3.5
U/W : G11, OEM Housing, Inon S2000, Inon D4 Tray, Inon UCL-165 Close up lens
Astro : Modded 1100D, ES 80ED, Skywatcher HEQ5 Mount, Astrotrac TT320X-AG, Astronomik CLS Clip in filter

  
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Dec 13, 2011 16:56 |  #9

Gometang wrote in post #13538375 (external link)
Thanks fellas. It's amazing how different this is; at least different from people photography, yet vast in knowledge and information regarding astronomy in general. I'm scared I might get too far into this lol.

Also, I have a 5dm2; would the Explore Scientific ED80 triplet work with this in terms of sensor size you mentioned?

I usually tell people that are interested in taking up astrophotography to abandon all hope and hide the credit cards...:cool:


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5D, 40D, 17-40L, Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX, 70-200L f4
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CGEM, miniBorg50, SBIG ST-i, lots of wires.

  
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Dec 15, 2011 12:33 |  #10

I was looking at this scope recently. I like it. I may grab it at some point. Also I love the Max Headroom Avatar. Not many people remember that show. He is funny, and that actor is great on Eureka now. He was also in another show I liked way back when called Doctor Doctor. Short lived though.

waassaabee wrote in post #13538151 (external link)
IMHO a good used Celestron CG5-ASGT and the 80mm triplett mentioned above would be a fine start. I never advise spending lots of $$ to anyone just starting out. Some soak tons in to a rig then realize the hobby is not for them. The CG5 is a good, reliable mount that will track well with the 80mm. Keep to a shorter focal length when learning as the are lots more forgiving that a longer focal length SC..


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