to image the planets saturn jupiter and moon
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:16 PM
i have read and reread till im blue in the face one says this and another that ?????
what is the best choice of scope for me . i dont want to waste more cash . i notice their are now skywatcher dobs 14 inch with go to . i thought yes that would be good then i read some say ok for observing the moon not for imaging planets
please any ideas would be good oh i mentioned a toucam to one shop and he said um u have been out of it for a while .
i dont want to spend a fortune on a camera just a simple device ie webcam type would be good . colin
2000 pound buget but would like as much change as possible
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:09 PM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:18 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:04 PM
hi thanx for your suggestion but why why a sct why not a dob or newtonian colin
A dob is not great for imaging although you can do it and if it is a tracking dob all the better, and a newtonian is fine but with a long focal length, which is what you want for planets it can become a wind sail if there is a breeze. An SCT is compact (less effect from any wind) but can still have a long focal length, and you can use Focal Reducers on them to widen the field if you want to do some DSO imaging as well in the future.
I actually took my first planetary and moon photos with a dob but a GEM mount makes it so easy to keep your object in the field and you don't have to worry about rotation of your image.
One other suggestion would be to frequent the Solar System Imaging forum and check out what most of those folks use and ask what they would recommend. For camera's it is typically Imaging Source or Flea, but there are others as well.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:11 PM