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    Default Just your friendly local dentist peering into the universe



    Hello fellow skywatchers,
    I’m new to astronomy as a hobby, however I have always loved outer space and looking out into the universe. I can see there is a wealth of information here and many helpful folks eager to share.
    My goals: make an informed decision for a telescope and start exploring. I am not in a rush; the universe isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
    I do want to find a telescope and mount that can grow with me. I want to explore visually first then get into astrophotography, which means I need a computerized EQ mount and good aperture. I know this will be a lifelong hobby but I’m unsure about jumping in with something large, however I don’t want to outgrow my first scope too quickly.
    I am also in residency at the moment which means my free time is quite limited, so I don’t want to get too hung up on astrophotography quite yet since I may not have the time to truly devote to this. I have read that getting frustrated with imaging can cause many novices to give up. I also live in an apartment so portability is definitely a factor.
    Top contenders:
    Meade ETX125- I know I will outgrow this if I get into photography. But I feel I can learn a lot with this initially. Has a “wedge” but no true eq mount. Very portable. Seems easy to use.
    Celestron Nexstar 6SE- More aperture, f/10 is better than the f/15 of the ETX. I would need an EQ mount or the celesteon wedge (which is quite pricey). Also seems user friendly.
    The Celestron Advanced VX 6" Newtonian. f/5 will be even better for wide field. True eq mount that I can use with another OTA in the future. Top of my price range and I won’t be able to add any accessories anytime soon. This set up will be considerably more equipment to carry out to the field. I understand this instrument will require regular collimation. I am not concerned about maintaining the instrument as I enjoy small detail work as a dentist.
    If y’all have any other suggestions or are local to Atlanta let me know!
    Many thanks,
    Ross

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    Hello and welcome to the forum!
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    Hello Ross! Welcome to AF and thanks for joining us!



    I dabble in astrophotography but am primarily a visual observer. I have found that what I've learned with visual has helped me understand a lot of the why and how with the AP part with concepts of surface brightness, magnitude, how the sky moves above us, and where and when things are.

    I do enjoy my AVX mount quite a bit. While its capacity is a bit on the light side for AP, it does fine for what I do with it. You don't really need large aperture for astrophotography, though. I saddle mine with anything from 80mm to 150mm. My f/7 102mm refractor gets the primary nod for AP, especially deep sky. It does well with lunar also, but is a bit short for planetary.

    For visual, any of my refractors are excellent, and my 12" dobsonian is my #1 scope for galaxy hunting.
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    Starting out I would go with the 6" SCT on either the SE or the Evolution mount (significantly better mount). You can do what is called EAA (look in video astronomy forum here) later with either setup. Both are easy to use and if you get the focal reducer f6.3 you can have the planets, moon, and DSO's with these scopes.
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    Hi and welcome to the forum Ross.
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    Hi Ross welcome to the forum.
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    Thanks, I will definitely look into EAA. I’m totally enjoying all the reading and YouTube videos. Also, I have my board exam to prep for. So I am definitely in no rush. The videos and reading are nice breaks between studying and patient care.

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    Hi Ross,

    First off, welcome to The Forum.

    Great job on the research you've done so far. You are well ahead of your peers in the decision-making process. What you really need to decide is how soon AP will take over. That decision will determine whether we need to spend money on a really good mount up front or if we can wait a while.

    If waiting a while is your desired path, then either the 6" or 8" SCT is probably the way to go. It gives you both aperture and portability. These scopes are known as the Jack-of-all-trades and master of none especially when you include the .63 focal reducer. Plus, the 8" is an excellent planetary imaging scope. So either one of these is a lifelong telescope, unlike the ETX.

    After a while when you are ready for AP then all we need to worry about is a really good amount at that point.

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