Friends, I come to you as innocent as a babe which means I am exactly as dumb as I sound when it comes to EAA. If you plan to respond to this message assume you are talking to a 12 year old who has a telescope and understands how to use it. Now you want to help them get into EAA. I am not 12, but right now I feel that lost.
I started with visual astronomy about 15 months ago. I have:
- Meade ETX80, 80X400 mm refractor AltAz GoTo Scope. Can not be set up EQ.
- Orion XT8i Intelliscope, a 203 mm Newtonian on a manual Dobsonian base with the Intelliscope Digital setting circles system.
I have stepped into this forum a number of times but 5 posts into any of the threads and I turned tail and ran back to my eyepieces. The flood of technobabble was overwhelming.
I learned recently of a starter kit called the Revolution Imager R2 Kit. A complete set up for newbies. Sounds promising. Something even I could use.
Are there other such systems around?
Will these work with my current scopes or do I need a tracking EQ mount? I don't have one and don't plan to get one any time soon. So if that is needed I can stop here.
I am not interested in assembling my own systems from pieces and parts.
I have looked into webcam systems but these seem to be only good for solar system imaging and it is all about capture and post processing as far as I can tell.
I just want something I can plug into my scope that will give me a better view than I get in the eyepiece alone. And, if it is convenient, let me capture that to my laptop for later processing/stacking.
Yes folks, I am really this limited in my knowledge and understanding of this EAA thing. So I need EAA for Dummies. Can anyone help me?
So, are there other starter packages I should know about?
Can you point me to a good learning article or Youtube video or other resource? This sounds interesting but, so far, I am lost.
Edited by aeajr, 24 August 2016 - 09:36 AM.