Hello good people of Cloudy Nights.
Recently, as it appears many others have here, I pulled the old scope out and to get a look at things not on our planet. I'm guessing the recent eclipse has fueled the bug in us again. It's an old department store Meade DS2130, the long tube version. I know its not a great piece of equipment, but I did get the 1.25" eyepiece version so thats a plus. Problem is, it appears the ALT/AZ goto mount seems to have given up the ghost. This has lead me to pondering upgrades and expanding. I'd like to dabble in Astrophtography, I have a Canon 400D and a few entry level lenses for it. I would like to be able to, for the time being, get a quality EQ mount that I can for the time attach the OTA of the Meade I have to it. Then later I would like to get a new scope to put onto that mount, one I can use for visual observing as well as AP. Hopefully the mount would be able to support bigger/better scopes as time goes.
So here is what I was considering, please feel free to tell me I'm on the wrong path, that I should consider saving more cash now to get better stuff from the start.
I was looking at this for a mount:
Orion Skyview Pro
I can attach my current Meade to that mount to get some viewing done until the funds become available for the new scope.
I was considering adding this scope to it:
Orion 6" f/4 Astrograph
I would like to image planets and maybe later DSOs will the 6 handle that?
Will the mount be good for AP with that OTA?
I'm assuming the mount would be unable to deliver good results if I went with the 8" Astrograph from Orion, is that accurate?
My reason for looking at the Skyview Pro is I can add to it as funds become available. I can add a goto system to it, or maybe just the dual axis drive moters for quite a bit less.
I'm hoping this isn't a load of rambling and that my thoughts I've collected in my head accurately describe the phased approach I'm going for. Basically I would like to build up a decent beginner/intermediate system over time maybe 300-500 each purchase.