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    Default Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....



    Hi

    I'm new to the forum and new to stargazing (and so of course new to Astro photography!). Got a celestron Astromaster 130eq plus Canon 450d with T-ring connector on its way to me.

    Grateful for any tips on taking some initial photos - I know nothing. Maybe a beginners guide/basic steps to getting a few quick and easy photos to start me off (if quick and easy and Astro photography can ever be in the same sentence!!).

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Does that mount have a motor drive on it?
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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Welcome to the forum!!

    The first thing you will need is a tracking motor for the mount. The next thing you will need is either an "L" shaped dovetail bar to mount the DSLR to the mount for wide field imaging through the DSLR only (no scope) or a different scope, as this one will not bring a DSLR to focus, or to modify the scope by bringing the primary mirror closer to the focuser. You have the additional problem of having a focuser that is too weak to support a DSLR. One other option is to try using a Barlow to bring the DSLR to focus, but that adds even more problems (extra weight to a system that already will not support the DSLR alone, adding too much focal length, seriously increasing the exposure time, seriously increasing the tracking flaws in a system not designed for AP, there are more)

    This set up is NOT designed for AP and I suggest you start with another set up if AP is your goal or get a different camera (not DSLR) that will work for the most basic and simple of AP (mostly planetary/lunar) although image scale for planetary work will not be that good.
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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Hello Phil,

    Welcome to the forum.

    While you are waiting for some of your gear to show up. If you already have the DSLR and a simple tripod, go on out (when the weather allows) and start snapping away at the night sky. You don't need a telescope to start AP. Learn your camera and the settings that allow you to take long exposures. To start, point your camera at the north star and take a 30 second exposure and see what you get. Liverpool is probably horribly light polluted so exposures longer than 30 seconds may not be possible without washing out the entire night sky with light pollution sky glow. Any way, give it a try and see what happens.

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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Welcome to the forum,
    Ozman13 and UlteriorModem gave some great points.
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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Here is part 1 of a series of videos discussing astrophotography. I suggest having a look at them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d0292TBMHo
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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    Welcome to a great forum. And ABSOLUTELY get a good beginners book on AP. There's a lot more to it than just hooking up a camera. Best to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum!
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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    I am wanting to dabble in astrophotography as well. I thought I was going to use a Celestron C-8, but the person I bought it from sold it to someone else. Long story short, no harm no foul my money was refunded without any hassle, just a matter of not being able to pick the scope up soon enough and the seller needing it gone urgently.

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    Default Re: Total beginner wanting to take some Astro photos....

    welcome to the forum Phillar , as has been suggested i would do some wide field photography 1st, you will be surprised what you can capture
    as for astro is a rabbit hole filled with lots and lots of info, as a begineer like you but relavtivly average at terrestrial photography i thought simple mount to scope point at sky boom photos - yeah right
    i quickly learnt its not as simple as it looks, i have GOTO alt-azi and a heavier Duty CG4 EQ mount , i like the challenge and have taken a few shots im impressed with but were vaguley out of focus , i now have a few more tools at my disposal but still have a mountain to climb, hurry up winter so i can hone my shots on an object above the light dome and visible naked eye Orion
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