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#1 bigroo1958

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:28 PM

Hi all,

 

I am looking for feedback on this Telescope for Astrophotography.

I am looking to purchasing the Orion SkyView Pro 8 GoTo Reflector Telescope for astrophotography, I am looking for pros and cons.

This will be my first telescope. I am wanting to know what other accessories I will need to purchase to get me going. I know I will need the camera adaptor for a Canon, but what other suggestions will others make?

 

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:24 PM

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Welcome to CloudyNights.  I am not a photographer, but I'm sure others will chime in who are.  I think you'll find the 8" f/5 Newtonian undermounted on the SkyView Pro.  For a few hundred more you could buy the SkyView Pro go-to mount and an Orion ED 80 f/7.7 refractor that I think would be a better combination.  Another option with Orion is the Sirius mount/ ED80 refractor package ($1500).  The Sirius is an altogether better mount that the SkyView Pro (I've owned and used both for visual observing), so you may have better luck learning photography with it.


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Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:14 AM

Also, I owned one of those mounts for years. Any high power observations revealed the pulses in the pulse motors. Very annoying.
And that was with the light load of a 127 Maksutov.

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 06:33 AM

Also, I owned one of those mounts for years. Any high power observations revealed the pulses in the pulse motors. Very annoying.
And that was with the light load of a 127 Maksutov.

Interesting.  That exact problem happened to me, but not until my driveway scope topped twenty pounds.  I thought it was interesting (and frustrating) that the cogging became visible as soon as I exceeded my mount's rated capacity- by one pound.  That's when I sold my SVP and bought my Sirius.



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Posted 23 May 2019 - 09:20 AM

Also, I owned one of those mounts for years. Any high power observations revealed the pulses in the pulse motors. Very annoying.
And that was with the light load of a 127 Maksutov.

That is a common problem with mounts that have stepper motors.   One would think that would be a good reason not to use stepper motors, but a lot of mounts do.


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Posted 23 May 2019 - 10:31 AM

Thank you to all who have stopped by my thread and thanks to those who chimed in.
I took a look at the Sirius mount/ ED80 refractor which macdonjh suggested would be a better option for astrophotography. It does look pretty good and more money, I am wondering if it would be too much scope/mount for my first telescope, but I do want something that will last for a while until I save up enough to upgrade to something else.
I am using a Canon 400d at present which I believe would be enough to get me going. Does anyone have a suggestion on a better camera?
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 04:07 PM

Check the classifieds, there is a Sirius mount for sale for $575. The lowest price I have seen.


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