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Mount for astrophotography and around 18kg load

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#26 Raginar


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:32 PM

Ed, really good advice. I saw the same thing with my CGEM. Went big, around 35# with 10" SCT, piggybacked refractor, CCD, etc, and it was a PITA. Reduced it down to a 5" SCT and a finder-guider? It was a dream.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:01 PM

+1 for Ed's advice. Depending on the camera that the OP uses, increasing focal length might not bring any real advantages anyway. Much better to invest on a higher end mount and then upgrade the optics at a later time. Based on my experience the mount and the camera are the two most important factors when doing AP.
The optics are important but as long as they are decent - and the 120ED I believe is highly regarded - they are fine.


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