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    I want to pursue astrophotography. I have a sky watcher 125mm reflecting telescope with an A-Z mount. I need some good starter tips and points along with any advice on the equipment i should buy.
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    I want to pursue astrophotography. I have a sky watcher 125mm reflecting telescope with an A-Z mount. I need some good starter tips and points along with any advice on the equipment i should buy.
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    What kind of objects do you want to photograph, and what kind of budget are you looking at?

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    Hi Farunj,

    Exactly which telescope and mount do you have. Many reflectors are not capable of astrophotography.
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    My suggestion is IF you have a camera, even a point and shoot, to put it up to the eyepiece and see what you can get. I have seen some beautiful pictures of the moon and planets done this way. This method is called Afocal.

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    I am relatively new to good astrophotography, but I managed to spend a lot of money (a little at at time) on (relatively) cheap telescopes through which I took a lot of pictures and managed to frustrate the heck out of myself.

    First, in my humble opinion, a refractor is better than a reflector for photography. I have a 127mm Mak-Cassegrain on a Celestron Alt-Az GoTo mount and as long as the shots were around 20 seconds or less it is o.k. The problem is that even the brightest deep space objects need a lot longer than that to show their true size and colors, even using (as I do) a Canon T1 digital single lens reflex camera body with t T-ring and adaptor making the telescope effectively the lens of the camera.

    I finally broke down and got a Skywatcher 120mm APO refractor (about $1,300), an Orion Atlas EQ mount and tripod (just under $1,000), an Orion 80mm guide scope and camera (about $250) and was on the way. I also got a Canon T-1 (about $400) which comes with Digital Photo Professional. I also have Adobe Elements to round it all out. In short it cost me around $3,000 to get rolling.

    Before doing all of that I did a heck of a lot of research and concluded that anything less was going to cost me more in the long run. The first time you run across something like the Ring Nebula glowing out there like a green halo and get a half way decent photo to post on Facebook you will be hooked. My first decent photo was of the Orion Nebula. I was thrilled until I started looking at all the parts of it i had missed because I just did not have the right equipment.

    Astrophotography is comparable to the cost of really getting into golf. The difference is that you play at night instead of daytime and you don't have greens fees. You will never be the best and you will always want to get just a little more. The really good feeling though comes when you publish or just show people what is out there. I tell them I take pictures of invisible objects. It is truly amazing but that is what we do. No unaided human eye, even with the best of telescopes, can see what I have photographed, and I am just getting started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    What kind of objects do you want to photograph, and what kind of budget are you looking at?
    First of all thanx everyone for the insight.
    I am looking to (as of now) photograph the moon and the planets. Later i am thinking of photographing deep sky objects like the orion nebula or the pleiades star cluster. My budget is around Rs. 20000 (around 400-450$). My telescope is a reflecting 125mm aperture telescope and i have a canon 1100d dslr cam.

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    Very nicely said Jeff. At the very least, a C6 on a CG-5 would be the bare minimum, not to mention Adapters / rings / filters / software. Since the OP already owns a 1100D, he is looking at another $1400 at the very least.
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