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    Default New to Astrophotography



    Hi Everyone,

    My name is Andre, from South Africa, I am a polymer chemist.

    I have never owned a telescope and want to dive in head first to Astrophotography.

    I have no idea where to start.

    Would a Celestron Nexstar SE 8 Catadioptric Telescope be a good choice.

    or should I rather build a setup with the following components:

    Mount:

    Sky-Watcher EQ3-2 PRO GOTO German Equatorial mount

    Telescope:

    Sky-Watcher 102mm x 660mm Short Tube Refractor Telescope

    DSLR Camera:

    Canon 2000D 24MP DSLR DC

    This is what I have come up with so far and would highly appreciate any advice, it would be awesome if you could suggest a build with parts from skywatcher store in south africa ,as it is a local supplier.

    Kind Regards,

    Andre

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    Default Re: New to Astrophotography

    Hi, Andre.

    You won't find many humans here. It's mostly spambots. For an astronomy forum that's full of interesting and helpful astronomy enthusiasts, come to The Sky Searchers (TSS).

    The Nexstar 8SE is a poor choice for astrophotography. The scope is too "slow" (too much focal length for its aperture) for astrophotography, and the alt-az mount makes it unusable for long exposures.

    The EQ3 mount is lightweight, and not sturdy enough.

    What you want is a short, fast refractor, like the one you listed, on a sturdy mount like the Celestron AVX, or the Skywatcher HEQ5. In AP, the mount is by far the most important piece of equipment.

    Hope to see you on TSS.

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    Default Re: New to Astrophotography

    Hi there Andre, Welcome to the forums!
    See you at TSS!

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