-Jarrod- Ahwahnee Hills Observatory 10" AT10rccf OTA Mounted on a Hypertuned Losmandy G11 Camera: Canon T4i http://www.astrobin.com/users/powerstroke01/
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/
Quote: I don't plan on using/buying a telescope anytime soon
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:What do people here think about the Vixen polarie for wider-field, short exposure shots? Seems like an inexpensive way to get your feet wet in astrophotography?
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Quote:Hi everyone!I've got a question regarding mounts. I've tried to search for it elsewhere, but haven't really able to find any good results.I've had an interest in and done some rudimentary astrophotography over the past 7 years or so and am interested in getting a mount to allow for long exposures. I don't plan on using/buying a telescope anytime soon, so this would be used 100% for through-the-lens DSLR shooting. Are there some reasonable options out there? I'd like something that can track well at telephoto lengths up to 500mm or so (plus I also have a 2x extender). As I'm using a crop-sensor Canon body the actual focal length could be 1600mm I suppose...If I want to do longer exposures (5 mins plus?) at those focal lengths are there any reasonably priced options out there? Preferably something under $1000...But then again I'd like something that can perform and won't hold me back.Thanks folks!
Quote:As for lenses, I've got a Canon 50mm f/1.8, 17-55 f/2.8, 70-200 f/4, 100mm f/2.8 macro, Sigma 150-500 f/6-6.3, and a Kenkon 2x extender. My camera is a Canon 40D with battery grip.
Quote:I've tried to quicky educate myself on subexposures...those are the shorter exposures that expose for the brighter areas of what you're trying to image, right? Or is it the other way around? Anyway, subexposures are still light frames, yes? I've done a bit of playing around in DeepSkyStacker and am only used to lights, darks, biases...
Quote: Maybe these questions should go in the Beginners' forum...sorry!