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    Good afternoon everyone,

    i am new and still trying to get better at this but i am looking to get better and better as the years will go by...

    i currently have a meade 90 etx...along with several eyepieces 6mm,9mm, 13mm, 17mm, 26mm, and 32mm and i also have a 2x, 2.5x, and 3x barlows to get different power combinations which has been great to view eveyrthing in the sky...the only thing i am trying to get better at is imaging all of this....i currently have 2 camera's (kodak easy share C182, and i also have a Fujifilm finepix sl300 (in which looks like a better camera)...for astro imaging i am trying to take good pictures with the fujifilm camera as i have the camera mount attatched to the eyepiece for a-focal photography and the weight on the back end of the scope with the errecting prism, camera, mount, and eyepieces is to much for the scope...i am still trying to get a low costly effictive way to balance the weifght from the back to the front....if there is any advice anyone could give me for this as it says it is a ccd camera but it looks like the lens does not come off like the other camera's so afocal is the only way to do this but i am open to any theories from anyone....On a side note i am looking to use i time lapse with the camera.....i currently have a trial version of adobe preimer 10 and when i take a video of the sky its like looking through with the lense cap on...but when i take pictures with the shutter open for 8 seconds i can see the sky better and get the stars...i have seen you have to take pictures every 10 seconds and then put them together to make a video...is there any free software that i can download for free to accomplish this...as i want to take this all to take the next small step on all of this and everybit will help me as i have the tools i just need asvice

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    Hi,

    Lets start by defining exactly what you would like to take photos of?

    What do you want to take time lapse photos of?

    Afocal is a mechanical challenge for any scope and especially an ETX 90.

    If planetary photography is your primary goal, there are several small planet cameras on the market in the $100-200 dollar range which can produce excellent results and will work well with your ETX. Many webcams can be modified to work well and can do excellent planetary and Lunar photography.

    If you want to do deep sky imaging, the ETX 90 will be limited to a few bright targets which can be captured by stacking 30 second images. It's mount is not really suitable for long exposure work.

    Hope this helped.

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    sorry for the delay...it has been a while since i last posted since this last post...to respond back to your post...i really want to do it all evntually.....but my first goal is to take pictures of all of the planets......I keep hearing that webcams are the best out there to take planetary images...but i have the fujifilm camera which i got earlier in the year...should i sell it...or should i keep it...As I will eventually want to take pictures of whats out there in the sky but i am not even sure if this is a good camera for the night sky......Also just recently i have acquired a dobsonian 8"...so i am just excited for all of this and i just want to get everything of the sky.....but as i stated earlier i really want to start getting detailed images of the planets....so i need advice on where to go from here
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    Guiding: Meade 80mm Achromatic Refractor with Meade DSI II Pro Monochrome

 

 

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