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    Hello, I am looking for a computerised telescope that is under £500 to look at nebulas and other deep space objects using my canon EOS.
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    Default Re: Best telescope for Deep space objects

    If your goal is astrophotography, you are going to have a hard time doing it on that budget. A good goto equatorial mount that is sturdy enough to hold a small telescope for AP runs about $1200, though you may find one cheaper on sale or secondhand. That is before you put a telescope on it.

    I would recommend reading the Minimalist Astrophotography thread to see what can be done for minimal cost.
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    You can do about 200-300mm focal length with the Ioptron Skyguider pro using a standard DSLR and camera lens. They run about $435 dollars American. Check on Amazon.
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    This is what I would do: 1st purchase the Skywatcher eqm-35-pro-synscan mount ( https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky...lar-mount.html) and use it with your camera only (no scope). It's over your budget by £55 and doesn't come with a scope, but the mount is the most important piece to purchase. 2nd (when you can afford it) purchase a scope for the mount. A low priced option would be this 5" reflector that is designed for astrophotography: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/ref...0p-ds-ota.html. There is also a 6" version for at slightly higher cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstar74 View Post
    This is what I would do: 1st purchase the Skywatcher eqm-35-pro-synscan mount ( https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky...lar-mount.html) and use it with your camera only (no scope). It's over your budget by £55 and doesn't come with a scope, but the mount is the most important piece to purchase. 2nd (when you can afford it) purchase a scope for the mount. A low priced option would be this 5" reflector that is designed for astrophotography: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/ref...0p-ds-ota.html. There is also a 6" version for at slightly higher cost.
    The description mentions attaching a ballhead - "For travelling you can remove the DEC Axis together with the heavy counterweight shaft and counterweights, reducing the instrument's weight considerably. In this configuration you can use a simple 45mm dovetail plate with tripod screw (not supplied) and fit your camera directly using a ball head (not supplied). "

    I can't see anything in FLO that matches the description, any idea what plate it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deorbiting View Post
    Hello, I am looking for a computerised telescope that is under £500 to look at nebulas and other deep space objects using my canon EOS.
    Many thanks c:
    Besides reading this post, I read your posts in the WELCOME forum. You seemed mostly interested in beginning amateur astronomy with little if any practical experience.

    In this post, you seem to express an interest in astrophotography -- as opposed to visual astronomy.

    They are very different from each other:

    A) visual (looking thru the scope to see with your own eyes)

    B) photography attaching a camera to a telescope (or just using a camera) to take pictures

    You may want to do some observing with a telescope before you go down the road of taking pictures. Personally, that is what I would do.

    In fact, to repeat some advice you received in the WELCOME forum, try to visit one of the astronomy clubs near the place where you live or work. You'll get a much better idea of what's what.

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    Thank you all so much for such helpful replies I have done quite a lot more research and the comments you guys left has taught me a lot more. Thanks so Much!
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    Hey! Thank you for the Reply I was recommended the Skywatcher Explorer 130P-DS EQ3 PRO GOTO https://www.firstlightoptics.com/ref...-pro-goto.html Using the Same Telescope you recommended, Many thanks for the Suggestion though!

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    Ap and visual are totally different , when one is starting just do the visual for a while until you lean a bit , just my opinion, AP is difficult and expensive
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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway View Post
    The description mentions attaching a ballhead - "For travelling you can remove the DEC Axis together with the heavy counterweight shaft and counterweights, reducing the instrument's weight considerably. In this configuration you can use a simple 45mm dovetail plate with tripod screw (not supplied) and fit your camera directly using a ball head (not supplied). "

    I can't see anything in FLO that matches the description, any idea what plate it is?
    Not absolutely sure but this is possibly the required piece:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ball_head.html

    The other attachments (which are apparently originally intended for the Star Adventurer) can be found here:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/S...2/N/4294255798 or at FLO: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky...ket-green.html

    Ball heads are available on Amazon, FLO, BH Photo, etc. Apparently, SkyWatcher does not make one.
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