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    Hi everyone!

    Some time ago I got into the head the idea of ​​buying a DSLR to learn how to do astrophotography. Although I still want the camera I have noticed the high costs of everything involving astrophotography, mount, adapters, filters and import taxes (live in Costa Rica). I have a 130mm reflector and I liked its performance, but here is when I find 3 ways to take.

    1- Buy the camera (Rebel T6 $ 410), a tripod (Explore Scientific EXOS-2GT Motorized Equatorial GoTo Mount $ 753) and other adapters and filters, and I leave the head fulfilling with my obligations and saving for a field to which I have no experience.

    2-I continue dedicated to visual, I improve my Meade Polaris 130 with other accessories (filters, eyepieces, finderscope and eventually a better tripod).

    3-I still dedicate myself to visual, I buy a dobsonian (Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian $ 513) and I improve it over time (filters, eyepieces, finderscope and eventually adapt it to a DIY tripod). And he left astrophotography for those who already have experience.

    Note: There are a couple of things, prices are for Costa Rica, taking into account import costs, and the most serious of all, in the next few months they will build a highway near home and that will affect a little light pollution here, then what I also seek is to compensate for that.

    Thanks for reading me.
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    Default Re: What I can do?

    If it were me, I would get the Dob and leave the AP for some time in the future. As you can see, doing AP with a DSLR is going to be expensive. You would need the mount and the scope, your 130mm reflector will not bring a DSLR to focus (without modifications) and your 80mm refractor will have CA issues. You can do it if you get the mount, but there is a LOT of work involved and it is NOT easy with that equipment (especially for a beginner). The Dob will show you a LOT more than you are able to see right now and will keep you busy while you are saving and researching about AP. If I were just getting into that, I would look seriously at some of the newer CMOS cameras like the ZWO cameras. But the Dob is your best bet right now and just keeping it visual.
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    Default Re: What I can do?

    ZWO/QHY/Atik are good cameras to do AP, in fact even they are great for planetary and lunar and even solar if you care to do.

    I have DSLR, straight forward processing, but sometimes i may need to modify it for AP, some leave it as unmodded, but to be honest, i went directly to astro camera from those brands i mentioned and never look back.

    I also want to do visual, so later in the future i will buy a scope large for planetary, but i would like to image those planets too, so i will add a camera for planetary, i had one but i damaged it, so i will get new one later once i buy the scope, but i am mainly looking for DSO imaging or AP over visual, visual is always easy to do if you have telescope, if someone said that visual is only possible if the condition is allowed then it is also applied to AP, in fact AP is more complicated than visual, and doing AP is like i do visual and translate it to camera.
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    Default Re: What I can do?

    If you thrive on challenges and have a lot of patience, astro imaging on a tight budget is possible, but it can be very frustrating to constantly run into limitations with your gear. I would stick with visual for now, and see if you can find an astronomy club or local university astrophysics department that might offer you use of their imaging equipment during outreach events.
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    Default Re: What I can do?

    Thanks to everyone for your replies. Although I continue with the idea of doing AP, I am aware of my limitations at this time and I will leave it for a future time. However, discovering with your own eyes is very rewarding.
    I have been watching the sky for 18 years with a telescope that my father gave me, and for a year since I have returned to the hobby with my reflector, and it is always exciting to see how far we can see our eyes and find different details in each observation.
    I think I'll go for the third option on my list and look for more information about AP to know what to do later.

    Clear skies!!!
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