I am a photographer that is just getting started in Astrophotography. I've dabbled on and off in astronomy though the years, having bought a 10" dob many years ago.
A few weeks ago a bought a new camera, a Pentax K-1. It has a feature called Astrotracer, which moves the sensor at the same speed as the earth's rotation, so you don't need to use a tracker.
Well, buying that camera may have been a mistake ￼. After seeing what I could get from that, I started to get interested in Astrophotography. A few weeks later and I now own a EQ6-R Pro and a Stellarvue SV80.
I've used this combo for a couple of weeks and I am HOOKED! To see the images take shape, on the back of the camera, and when editing them, is really something special.
I tend to go all in on hobbies, and I can already see that this one is going to be lasting. Because of that, I am going to build my own dome for the backyard. I was going to build a ROR, but then stumbled on some plans for building geodesic domes. I already have all the foam cutting tools since I was in the business of hot wire cutting wing cores for many years, so this seems right up my alley.
I am going by these plans: https://users.eoni.c...tzj/geodome.htm . I scaled them down to an 8' dome though. Today I'll be firing up the hotwire and cutting the triangles needed. A great thing about this type of dome is that it can be built on the cheap. I'm going to keep track of the expenses, but I think I can get away with building the whole observatory for under $1000.00.
More posts, with pictures to follow after I get some cutting done!