8" f/4.5 Coulter Dobsonian
Moonlight Focuser and some really expensive things I look though so I can feel inconsequential.
Quote:I'm thinking of picking up an Orion Skyview pro 127mm EQ. Scope looks to be in decent condition, but the seller is asking $350. It comes with the eq mount, but no computer or motion tracking.
Quote:I didn't think of a dobsonian. It might be too big to move around I'd think. Perhaps I'm wrong though
Quote:The advantages of Maks are high magnification for lunar and planetary work, they hold collimation very well, and they are very portable. In this case, you are getting a medium duty eq mount with a light duty scope, so it ends up being kind of overkill and sort of killing the portability advantage of the Mak.
JeremyC80ED * Orion StarBlast 6 * C11 StarbrightVixen Porta II mount * AS-GT EQ mountPlossls * 66 Enhanced Wide Angles * 2" 52mm Erfle
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:Bigger mounts are incredibly heavier and to me, that will begin to erode my pleasure by making set up much more of a hassle.
Quote:thanks taras, sadly, a polar finder didn't come with the mount.
Quote:What are you planning to photograph through the telescope? If it's deep-sky objects, you may have a tough time unless they're very bright. If it's the Moon or planets, you might do better using the afocal method -- holding a point-and-shoot camera to the eyepiece.
Quote:For now, i'll be using the scope as a prime lens to mount my canon 5DMKII on it. I ended up picking up the variable adapter, t-ring, finder and a variable lunar filter for about $130 from Orion. I'll admit, i'm a bit of a gear head, but compared to lenses/etc for the camera, that was pretty cheap. Also, Orion gave me a $10 coupon for chatting with them that was nice.
Quote:I'm mainly planning on the moon and planets.
Quote:AP is quite different from terrestrial photography. The 127mm is an f12.1 scope. The f rating is the same as camera lenses. So you're taking photos of very dark things with a very slow lens. You'd probably be better off just using your DSLR with your best zoom lens. Or you might try a fast refractor. The Orion ST80mm is a 400mm f5 lens for example.....AP is more about the mount and it's setup and management, then lots of long exposures combined in software (think extreme HDR).
Quote:I'd love to see/be told about a tracking mount I can put some canon gear on. I have some pretty high end canon gear (70-200 f/2.8L) and even access to some of the canon big boys (400 2.8, 500mm f/4, 800mm 5.6) through canon's CPS.
Quote:I have a ton of reading to do and don't quite understand how mounts and tracking drives work and what is good/better/best in the market. Any recommendations for an astrophotography for beginners book?
Quote:By the way, i did manage to peek at venus last night before the clouds took over. Not much more than little circle (half moon really).
Quote: The SkyView Pro mount is more than adequate for "piggyback photography," where you shoot through the camera's native lenses rather than through the telescope itself. At least that's true up to 200 mm; you might have more problems at 400 mm.
Quote:As a DSLR enthusiast, without a doubt the best book for you is the Backyard Astronomer's Guide. Co-author Alan Dyer is one of the best DSLR astrophotographers around.
Quote:Quote:By the way, i did manage to peek at venus last night before the clouds took over. Not much more than little circle (half moon really). Hey, you're supposed to be excited about that! This is much more interesting than Venus usually looks. Normally, it's just a tiny round circle.
Quote:Jupiter is where the action is. It normally shows far more detail than all the other planets combined.
Quote:keydog,If nothing else those pics have certainly lowered my expectations regarding the LT8.
Quote:Many thanks for all the advice everyone. I ended up picking up the SVP yesterday. It's fairly portable and should let me do lunar & planetary just fine. I think it's a more than adequate starter scope. I have my own troop of kids, so who knows, a 2nd larger DOB can come later if everyone stays with it.Venus lacks the wow factor for kids. Looks like a big star. Saturn should give a nice image if seeing is good, and they will LOVE seeing the rings! My wife and kids do! Lol! By the way, I paid $330 for the scope, mount and 2 lenses.I managed to align the finder with the scope by locating a radio tower near my house. Sadly, Venus had already set, I'll try again for tonight.I have so many questions, but I'm going to start with reading the instructions so I can ask intelligent questions.i'm also picking the camera adapter and t-ring. so i can begin experimenting.One question: do I need a lunar filter?
Quote:Venus lacks the wow factor for kids. Looks like a big star. Saturn should give a nice image if seeing is good, and they will LOVE seeing the rings! My wife and kids do! Lol!
Quote:Quote:Venus lacks the wow factor for kids. Looks like a big star. Saturn should give a nice image if seeing is good, and they will LOVE seeing the rings! My wife and kids do! Lol! Seeing saturn would be something (I wonder if I can see it with a small scope like I have.) The sky has been overcast all day, hope it'll clear up by tonight.
Quote:wow Kevdog, that was totally inspiring. I read your post to my wife and she was totally blown away. I can find Venus and Saturn, I haven't been able to see Saturn yet. It's been setting so early and it's been really cloudy.I'm hoping it's a clear night here in Orlando. I have't even looked for where jupiter would be in the sky right now. I've been using Sky Guide as a basic tool to find stars & planets. I'm going to install stellerium today. Is there anything else I should get?