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    hello,
    I am new to using telescopes etc. I am trying to find one to buy for my boyfriend. He has decided he wants one for christmas. He wants to be able to use it with my camera. I have a digital rebel xsi. I have read so much different information on a good starting out telescope that is also good for astrophotography. I would appreciate any help yall can offer. thanks!

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
    first of all,we need more info from you before we can offer
    help.
    what sort of budget are you prepared to spend?astro photography
    can get VERY expensive,but there are some lower level entry set
    ups available.
    with ap,the mount and tripod are paramount to good imaging,and this piece of
    equipment alone can run you over $1000.
    alot depends on how serious he wants to take it.
    you also need to consider where you are located.transportation needs,if they apply.
    clear skies,
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    Welcome to the forum. Good advice above.
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    Welcome to the forum! Hope we can help you with your choice.
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    I'm not trying to get anything too serious right away. Just something that will work good enough for him to start off with. He's going to be learning about all of it as well. So something basic but at the same time i don't want anything too crappy because i know hell get sucked in to this and want to be able to do a lot with it. My budget is probably 250 or less. Were located in the southeast us.

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    tbh,$250 isn't really gonna get you alot if it's the ap route
    you are taking.why?for good ap you need a mount that is capable
    of tracking for longer periods.
    someone with more knowledge in the ap field will tell you more than
    i can,but as i've said in my first reply,ap can be very expensive.
    your budget will only really get you a half decent starter scope.
    another way to go right now may be to look somewhere like craigslist
    for used,but decent kit at a good price.
    maybe just go down the obs route for a while first and then get into
    ap later.most people will tell you here,they have more than one scope
    anyway.
    one scope will not do everything,some are better than others for specific
    things.that's why the choice out there is so wide.
    hope this helps you.
    clear skies,
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    imo you should probably just keep the $250 and use it for something else, be it a telescope for observing or other things.

    Use the camera on a tripod for wide angle shots and start from there. If you live somewhere that the light pollution is not too bad you can get decent results starting this way. Or use the $250 and get a used mount capable of carrying the camera but no scope. Even adapters for the camera will run you at least $50
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