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    Default Help im new need advice



    looking for advice. want the best telescope for the money and a way to add in a camera?
    any suggestions?
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Hello and welcome to the forums skyhawk,

    Before suggesting equipment, what kind of budget are you thinking?
    Is doing astrophotography something you want to do now or something to consider later?
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Welcome to the forum!!

    When you say "add in a camera" that changes EVERYTHING!!! Visual observing and AP are completely different pursuits with completely different equipment requirements. Adding in a camera most likely means the absolute most important thing is MOUNT, not scope. You can get a very good visual scope for a few hundred dollars. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on an entry level imaging rig.

    We definitely need some kind of budget and what exactly you hope to accomplish with possible AP, there are two distinct types, planetary/lunar and DSO. These two different types also require two different set ups for imaging, different scopes and different types of cameras.
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Hi Skyhawk. It's always exciting to have a new member aboard with us. You might want to check this forum link from forum member and moderator OleCuss, at:
    A Brief Guide to Choosing Equipment for Astronomy. Telescopes, Mounts, Eyepieces.
    I hope this helps Skyhawk, and a warm welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Skyhawk1,

    I'm pretty new, too, but I've learned a lot in the last 4 months. In November bought a small telescope for visual astronomy while hiking in the back country. Now, I want more. I want to take photos of what I see, and even better. I want long exposures that bring out the detail and color in the galaxies and nebulae. Even more, I know that summer is coming, and this year it will bring bright planets in the evening sky. I want to be ready with a long focal length telescope with a big aperture. I know for images, the mount has to be really stable, and track and rotate with the target as it moves across the sky.

    That's why I've been looking at getting some sort of telescope on a Celestron AVX goto EQ mount. It's the "some sort of telescope" that I'm still working on. Where I'm waffling is whether I want to image deep space or planets, and the answer I keep having is yes. So, here what I've figured out:

    For deep space images, a 6" or 8" reflector on the Celestron AVX above. Price: $1000 or $1200, respectively. Alternately, a ~100mm APO refractor on the AVX mount would give really good images in the camera. I haven't looked too hard at this option, but they start at about $700 and get crazy from there, in addition to the $800 mount and required accessories.

    For planets, a 6" or 8" Schmidt Cassegrain on the AVX. Price $1300 or $1700, respectively.

    The Schmidt Cassegrain can probably be adapted to deep-space use, but it's going to need long exposures, compared to the short focal length reflectors. That's probably how I'm going to start out.

    I hope these musings helped you. Other more experienced folk here can sort out anything I've got wrong, I hope.
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Welcome aboard
    My advice on a scope is to take your time, research your choices.
    Some scopes are better for observing and some are better for AP (astro photography).
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    Hi there, Welcome to the forums!
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    Hi Russell welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Welcome to the forum

    Need more info to answer any questions

    Best scope for the money I would get this

    https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/...-apo-refractor

    Then add this

    https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/...35-progressive




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    Default Re: Help im new need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk1 View Post
    looking for advice. want the best telescope for the money and a way to add in a camera?
    any suggestions?
    Oh boy. The camera part made your question complex.

    I was where you were a year ago. I went on the web, knew nothing, had limited time to make a choice, so I started "somewhere".

    That choice was a brand-new Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope ($1200). It was a great first telescope, but even being new, there were about three things I NEEDED to have to make it more enjoyable: 1) A powerpack (I bought a Celestron PowerTank17). 2) A dewshield 3) better eyepieces 4) anti-vibration pods for under the tripod feet.

    With those things, I loved the scope. It was find for planetary imaging with a dedicated astrophotography camera but not for imaging Deep Space Objects (DSO)'s...to do that I would have had to buy a "Wedge".

    I think if you answer questions from everyone, they can help you pick a scope that meets your needs.

    1) What do you want to look at? Planets? Deep Space Objects?
    2) What do you want to take pictures of? The moon and planets only, or Deep space objects only, or both? The answer to that makes a big difference
    3) What is your budget? A range is fine. I ask because you can probably accomplish your objective for under a grand or under 10 grand; the equipment recommendations people give will be driven by the answer to that question
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