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    Default Re: How do I use my equatorial mount?



    Quote Originally Posted by Ajsbored View Post
    Thank you guys! I'll be watching the youtube videos for sure, and when I get off I'll try to run by my local barnes and noble to pick up a book for beginner astrophotography. One more thing though, what about this? https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Adv...words=vx+6+sct I have a budget of $1400 for a mount and lens, but for beginner astrophotos and something to learn on would this help get me started on learning how to use the mount it comes with, exposure times, iso settings and such?
    "Put your money where your mount is" best advice we can give. If your only in it to image the heavens and get amazing results then the rabbit hole runs deep my lensfriend. I'd put the entire 1400 into the mount. Best of luck in your quest and have fun out there!
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    Default Re: How do I use my equatorial mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leveye View Post
    "Put your money where your mount is" best advice we can give. If your only in it to image the heavens and get amazing results then the rabbit hole runs deep my lensfriend. I'd put the entire 1400 into the mount. Best of luck in your quest and have fun out there!
    I may do that, although it'll take me a few months to get everything I need so that I'm not bone broke for 4 weeks haha. Plus that'll give me more time to work with my camera and read up on astrophotography. I hope to have everything and the knowledge by January, as well as a new and better camera, like a Canon or a better Nikon. Thank you though! They weren't kidding when they said Astrophotography is an expensive hobby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    I usually suggest this series of videos by Forrest Tanaka discussing the basics of astrophotography.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d0292TBMHo

    Good luck have fun and welcome to the forums.
    I agree wholeheartedly with UM. The Forrest Tanaka series of videos is an excellent introduction to Astro. I don't do it (yet!!) but his vids are sure to tweak your interest
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    Agree with everyone on the Forrest Tanaka's videos! They are very well done. Had just gone through them again this week. I wish he would continue to post on YouTube.
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    I'm glad I'm seeing a lot of positive comments about Tanaka's videos! That makes me feel much better. I'm excited about starting this journey and learning more about photography in general, even if my wallet is a little less than ecstatic haha. But it'll be very rewarding once I get into the swing of things.
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    And i am still buying stuff since i started on February with wrong scope combo [Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ], and when i had a budget i bought AZ-EQ6 without thinking to buy a better high quality scope, in fact i just bought ST80, that was in April, so until now i still have this mount and scope, it doesn't matter how long you take as long you buy the right tools, and all suggested you to start with the mount good one, so get a really very good one and you won't regret, it will give you less headache than a lesser cheaper mount and if it has a better capacity load then this will last longer or it will give you more options for which scopes to use, if you get a mount that can handle only 20lb then maybe you end up with 30 scopes to choose from, but if you have a scope that is at least 40lb then that may give you 60-70 scope to choose from, you don't know, maybe the best scope you may get is one of those 60-70 rather than one of those 30 scopes, with my AZ-EQ6 i am eligible to many choices that i wasn't able to if i went with AVX actually.

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    Default Re: How do I use my equatorial mount?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajsbored View Post
    Thank you guys! I'll be watching the youtube videos for sure, and when I get off I'll try to run by my local barnes and noble to pick up a book for beginner astrophotography. One more thing though, what about this? https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Adv...words=vx+6+sct I have a budget of $1400 for a mount and lens, but for beginner astrophotos and something to learn on would this help get me started on learning how to use the mount it comes with, exposure times, iso settings and such?
    Be warned, the SCT telescopes suffer from dewing up pretty fast if you live in a area that has high humidity and morning dew your gonna find yourself fighting with the corrector plate fogging up, You will either need to get a dew shield or a dew heater to keep the corrector plate from fogging up.

    I pretty much hate using my SCT for imaging because of the fact it fogs up before I even get ready to start imaging.

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    So watching Tanaka's videos, I see that he has the Celestron Advanced VX mount. It's $800, or $900 with a newt 6" so I think I'm going to be ordering that and the tring adapter for my Nikon. I'll start saving up for a better scope and maybe a mount that has a higher weight capacity. I'm still watching his videos but seeing the photos he's taken are exactly what I'm going for!

 

 
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