New to AstroPhotography -- Need Help
Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:21 PM
I have decided to venture into Astrophotography and learn the basics. Now I don't have a camera (dslr or point & shoot) so I will need to get one. Aside from that, will any of my telescopes (mentioned in my signature) work for astrophotography? Note that I do not have an EQ mount. Should I purchase a scope/mount dedicated to astrophotography? Last question is what supplies will I need to get into beginner stuff. I want to start taking good quality images of nebula and galaxies. Forgive me if that is not beginner stuff. I'm still new and cannot tell what is what. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:10 PM
I personally recommend starting out with an entry level b/w astrocam, especially if you have no experience processing digital images. But whatever you do read read read. Astrophotography is a fairly complex and demanding dicipline. Every step and piece of equipment, besides potentially expensive, involves a learning curve that can be daunting at times.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:53 PM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:21 AM
Alt-Az mounts, what you have, are the wrong type of mount for AP. A wedge is the least expensive way to convert your mount to an equatorial one but that combination isn't the easiest to work with. Expect to spend at least $1500 for an equatorial mount that's AP capable with your existing OTAs. Equatorial mounts in this class should be loaded to 50-60% of their rated capacity when used for AP. Heavier loads are possible but make imaging much tougher.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:57 PM
Once you have the process down, then you'll be able to know more about what you want, like refractor versus reflector, equipment size, mount capacity needs, etc.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:49 PM