Astrophoto: Intes Micro ALTER-M606 (6" f/6 MCT), Astrotech AT6RC (6" f/9 RC), 2x Tair-3 lenses (300mm f/4.5)
Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
Mounts: Celestron CI-700, iOptron ZEQ25GT, Celestron CG5-ASGT, plus a couple old EQ2s
My Astrophotography Site: http://ap.x-wing.ca/
10Micron GM2000HPS, 10Micron GM1000HPS, SW NEQ6 Takahashi FSQ106 EDX III, SW 190MN, TS Riccardi 130 f/5.2 SBIT ST-8300M, QSI 683wsg8 SX Wheel, Baader 2" filters, Baader 36mm filters, Astrodon QSI filters http://astro.frejvall.se
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Quote: Below $500 new with the weight load you need is going to be tough. You could look for used mounts which is the only way you could get an LXD75 anyway. Really I would have gone the other way on my budget. I would have spent the 1500+ on the mount and bought a cheap ota. AP is all about the mount. I regret going with a CGEM and C11HD. I should have spent bigger on the mount and used a cheaper refractor to start with.
iOptron Versa 108 EDMeade ETX-125ECiOptron CubePRO
Quote:I would highly suggest delaying your purchase of an guide-camera and raising your mount budget. The iOptron ZEQ25 seems to be a good candidate (though a relatively new product) for good AP performance on a budget, and the Celestron AVX would be a better choice then the LXD75 or CG5 should you want a more "standard" EQ design. As Mark indicated the mount is probably the single most important factor in astrophotography so it is worth the extra spend or delay of auto-guide equipment to get a larger mount. Having started my own imaging with a CG5 I would say the AVX or ZEQ25 would be the lowest end mount you should consider, an Atlas EQG or CGEM being beter choices should you be able to afford them (perhaps used?).Even if you have to save up for a few months to get that autoguide equipment after purchasing the mount you can still do nice unguided wide-field images with camera lenses, image brighter objects with shorter exposures through the scope, and get your polar align, capture control, and focus procedures down pat with imaging through the scope.
Tak AP QSI Canon
Quote:Thankyou Sean, thats really a valuable advise. Yeah i seen the youtube video about the ZEQ25 and looks very stable. Price is high, I needs to save some money to buy a high end mount. And also Orion EQ-G also in my mind, whats you say?