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    Default Orion XT8 Camera for Astrophotography



    I have a Orion xt8 and am not sure if i want to get a camera for it or not. I have a cheap kodak camera i held up to the eyepiece one night. It worked okay but it wasnt great quality i tried with the planets and stars and it didnt even pick up the light from them. I am mainly wondering if cameras will work well with it or not and what one to get. If i decide to get one i will get it during the summer when its warmer. I was looking at the orion star shoot solar system camera for a beginning camera. I would mainly use it for bright objects maybe some dimmer objects.
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    Hi,

    mainly, dobsonians arnt used for astrophotography. if you want take photos, you might want a refractor or a maksutov-cassegrain (which are both on the deep side money wise) for imaging. dobsonians are used for viewing objects and not taking pictures.

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    Hi,

    also, if you want, you could get EQ or GEM mount. (equiltorial or German equiltorial mount) those would enable you to mount your XT8 on it, in order to take pictures. why you wouldnt want a dobsonian mount is the tracking is to . . . clumsy. the one that particulary like is the CG-5 GoTo mount, but for more of a better selection just go to Telescopes & Accessories at Factory-Direct Prices! - Telescope.com, Accesories, then mounts. also, for cameras, you could keep what you have, go with a SLR camera, or $100-$400 Orion Imagers.

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