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    Default Re: Contemplating the Route to Get Into AP

    The Orion package that you linked to is the 1000mm FL f/5 scope, which is heavier than the f/4 astrograph. Granted it is on the Atlas (=EQ6) mount rather than the Sirius (=HEQ5), but you will have to be weight-conscious with all your equipment so as not to overload the mount.

    Both scopes, the f/4 and the f/5, as CamerHat noted, will need a coma corrector for AP.

    As everyone else is saying, think smaller scope, bigger mount.

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    Default Re: Contemplating the Route to Get Into AP

    You can see by my signature the gear I have. The Atlas EQ-G easily handles my 8" scope (not a astrograph as it's a bit slower - f4.9 vs f3.9 - but I bought it because I wanted just a tad more magnification for outreach.) The Atlas tracks pretty well for 1 minute exposures with about a 5% loss due to errors in manufacturing... I find that acceptable for 90% of my imaging in my LP skies. When I'm out in the dark skies (The other 10%) I take 3 minute exposures and use a guiding camera (the ASI). I bought a (used) Ioptron iEQ30 and it was not up to the weight of the 8" - so putting your money where your mount is imperative. I could only get about a 15-20 second exposures at most - which my Alt/Az mini-tower could do easily. My website ( Eastern Connecticut Girl Scout Astronomy Club ) shows the pictures I've taken. You can easily see the progress in processing and imaging quality over time. I've redone some of the older images to bring out more detail.

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