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    Orion Space Probe 130st images?

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Hi Xeno,

    Welcome to the forum. A bit more info about yourself would be a very cool thing to do.

    Also, I'm not sure if you are asking for images of the scope itself (see Google) or if you are asking if anyone has taken images through this telescope?

    Let us know.

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Hello, my name is Tomas, from Miami FL. Very exited about getting into the hobby. I am about to purchase my first telescope ( Orion Space Probe 130st ), if I decide on that one it

    seems like a good deal.

    Don't know much about the hobby, very interested in learning and able to explore to skies. I was asking for images taken with the Space Probe 130st (planets and deep space).

    I checked on google and most of the images are generic, won't tell me the actual telescope used.

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Hi Tomas,

    The 130ST is a good beginners scope for visual astronomy. It is not well suited for anything but rudimentary astrophotography (AP). You will be able to shoot pictures of the moon and probably of Jupiter and maybe of Saturn. Even if you have the motor drive for this mount (the EQ-2), it will still be a very frustrating experience to try to image DSOs through this scope.

    So if all you really want to do is use this scope for visual astronomy to get to know the sky and what you can expect from an optical instrument, then this scope should suffice.

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Thanks for the reply and info JT.

    Do you have any recommendations? What about the AstroView 120 ST? I know I just got started on this, but I would like to be able to a little more definition and eventually take pictures.

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Hi Tomas,

    Welcome to the forum, nice to have you here with us!

    Technically speaking, you can do AP with any telescope.....Of course, there are many "levels" of AP. From the most basic, to very much involved. I'm just going to give you a real basic rundown.

    The easiest way is with a sturdy tripod, and a DSLR camera. Many people specialize in this aspect of AP, and do it very well, with outstanding results. You can find many great videos on YouTube about this technique.

    Having said that,

    If you want to do AP with a scope... there's multiple ways of doing this....

    There's the "cheap ways", and then there's expensive ways. The cheap way is taking a pocket camera or iPhone, etc etc, placing it right up to the eyepiece, (of whatever scope you choose to buy) and snapping some shots. It's done all the time! You can even buy an iPhone Telescope mount! By doing this, you can get some fairly basic (maybe halfway decent) shots of the Moon, Lunar Craters, maybe Jupiter, etc. If conditions are right.

    Another method:
    If you have a DSLR, you can buy a T-ring and T-Adapter for your specific model DSLR camera, remove the EP, and put your camera in it's place, and take some shots. But, if you purchase a telescope without a tracking mount, keep in mind, planets move really fast in the FOV...

    Yet, another method....This means spending a lot more money on a scope with a good, sturdy mount. Possibly a scope with a motorized GEM Mount, or SCT scope with GOTO, etc...these scopes are specifically designed for doing this type of stuff. But, keep in mind, once you start in this area, prices add up fast.

    The Astroview is a really nice telescope, but, if memory serves, it's a manual tracking mount?? (no motors) Someone correct me if I'm wrong... So, "if" you want to actually track objects for AP, I don't "think" this scope is capable of that....Although, it's a real nice scope, overall.

    There's many other variables involved in this field of astronomy, and, while I dabble in Solar Photography, I'm just starting in deep sky AP. So, I'm certainly not an expert..BUT, hopefully some of my "basic" info was helpful?

    Fact is, there's a ton of folks here on this site that are 1000xs more knowledgeable about this field, than I am. Many people on this site produce images that literally blow my mind! and that's no joke! We have some incredibly talented people on this awesome website.

    Take care!
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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Hi and welcome to the forums Tomas.

    Try going over to the sub forum I have linked below and read some of the "sticky's" there.
    That will give you some idea of AP and what is involved with it.
    Have a look at the one entitled "minimalist astrophotography" by Sxinias.

    LINK:Astro Imaging Forum

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Tks for the info Chris, very informative l!!
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    Tks so much!!

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    Default Re: New to the hobby very excited to explore the skies!!

    Thomas, Welcome to astronomy. Take your time and learn as much as you can before buying a telescope. Also check here first. It is easy to make some expensive errors.

    The Orion Space Probe 130 and similar telescopes are well suited for your first telescope to learn the night sky. You can even use one to make images of the moon and planets. However, the telescope is not suited for making images of deep space objects (nebulae, galaxies, etc.). The reason for this is its design does not allow sufficient movement of the focuser to focus a DSLR. Next, as several pointed out, its mount is simply too light for the task. About the cheapest dual purpose telescope (viewing as well as astrophotography) is the Celestron AVX 6N. Advanced VX 6" Newtonian Telescope [item # 32054] I think the 6N cost around $900.

    You can get an astrophotography capable telescope and mount for a little less but it will have some limitations and not be as suited for viewing the night sky. Overall you will not save really that much money, if any.

    The best route is to concentrate upon astronomy for the time being. Get a telescope that has both good optics and a decent mount. The space probe 130 has good optics but a marginal mount. An excellent first telescope is one like the Orion XT6. This telescope has excellent optics and a very sturdy mount. It also is large enough to show details of deep space objects. It is strictly for viewing, not for photography.
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