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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England



    Welcome to the forum. That is some nice gear and I also agree with the other members, the biggest asset will be your mount.
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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Thanks to everyone. Still working on what the final purchases will be. Hope to be posting photos in the Autumn.

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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Hi there, Welcome to the forums!

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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Hello Bruce and welcome to the forum.
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    ACCESSORIES: AstroZap Dew Shields, Meade Series 5000 2" Dielectric Diagonal
    FILTERS: Zhumell 1.25" Variable Polarizing, O-III, UHC, & Urban Sky


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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Welcome to the forum, Bruce.
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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Welcome to the forum. Nice to see someone fairly close to me. The equipment your looking at looks great. Just listen to the advice you get as these guys have loads to help you through your new journey.

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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Welcome to the forum Bruce. You should also think about what targets you are interested in. Astrophotography for planets uses different methods from DSOs.
    I've moved to https://theskysearchers.com/index.php

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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Hi and welcome to the forum! As Keith said the OTA your looking at can do a great job, however, you will likely find it very challenging as your first endeavor into AP. Assuming your budget is limited (and very few of us have no limits), this OTA will require a heavy duty equatorial mount such as the Celestron CGEM, Celestron CGEM Computerized Mount # 91526 in order to handle the weight. The weight limit for AP is roughly 1/2 of the stated weight of the mount, which is based on visual use. Count on another $1000 USD for accessories (dew heaters, battery tanks, etc.) that are required to make this work.

    Since you are interested in AP from the beginning, consider your overall budget (with the mount as your first priority) and then do a lot of reading and browsing in the forum to see what others can do with their equipment.

    Two books that have been very helpful to me are noted below. The second one can really help you guide your decision making since there are so many factors to consider.

    "A Guide to Astrophotography with Digital SLR Cameras" by Jerry Lodriguss
    A Guide to Astrophotography with Digital SLR Cameras: Jerry Lodriguss: 9780972973755: Amazon.com: Books

    "Astrophotography on the Go", by Joseph Ashley (a member of this forum)
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    Default Re: Hi from Southampton England

    Hi Bruce. You can't go wrong with an Edge 11HD telescope. And, when you say "system", I assume that you mean it comes along with the excellent CGEM mount as well. Welcome to the forum Bruce, and the best of wishes on your astrophotograpy endeavors.
    - Marshall

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