Greetings everybody. I have been using the iOptron Skyguider Pro with a DSLR and have been imaging some bright dsos (m31 etc.) with some Milky Way mixed in. I have started to think about maybe upgrading equipment. To start, I might add guiding to the current set-up or something like a Pole Master to improve exposure time. I use the Zenithstar 61 APO that seems very common here on the forums. I am stuck on how to go about progressing to the next level. I don't want to buy equipment that I won't use later.
I want to get longer exposures with my current setup. But I also want to look to next year where I might upgrade to a better mount, CMOS camera, and guiding. I want to keep imaging dsos and nebula. The SGP would be the travel setup and the following would be the stationary setup.
Desired eventual goal: EQ6-R mount. Stellarview SVX080T-25SV F/6 Triplet for imaging. +auto guiding. CMOS camera.
Would you go a guide cam/guide scope route that can be used for both systems? Which combination would you go with if that is even possible?
Is a guide system for both even possible? Forgive my ignorance. I am not sure if a small guide scope that fits within the weight limits of the SGP would work for a larger scope. I have looked into the Pole Master, but it seems that it doesn't exactly conform to the SGP. I have read of forcing the Pole Master to fit the SGP in a way that might cause it to be rather permanent. I want to be able to use a computer to polar align or guide, but not have to have a computer to use the SGP. So that is why I have not considered the iPolar for the SGP, because you need a computer then. Also, it wouldn't translate to the permanent rig.
I look forward to the community brainstorm. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
Edited by C&Hobbs, 16 July 2019 - 04:00 PM.