Hello everyone. Although I’ve been coming to the site for a while now, I’m new to posting so first, I wanted to thank everyone that participates in here because I’ve learned a ton from you in the last year.
I’ve already taken my first steps in AP and now I feel ready to move up a little. So I hoping some of you will give me a couple of suggestions.
I started my journey accidentally by taking a long exposure with my DSLR in a dark sky site and being amazed at the result. I moved on to a skyguider pro and I was hooked. A few months ago I took your advice and spent everything I could afford on a mount. I got an EQ6-R and I mounted my old DSLR with a 400mm lens on it. I learned to PA (now doing it with sharpcap) and guiding with PHD2. I work with Photoshop for a living so stacking and processing were not the biggest challenge. But my DSLR is at its limit (5DmIII). I can do 4-min exposures but the sensor will heat up so bad that my images have noise in all sorts of colors.
So now that I have a mount and I have learned my way around it, I’d like to finally get a scope and a camera and I’m hoping you could share suggestions on a good combo. I’d like to keep my budget up to $2000-2500, but I could push it a little higher. I’m open to anything from a small refractor to an 8” RASA, as long as the EQ6 can handle it.
My target would be DSOs, but I won’t be doing this on my backyard. Instead, I’d drive out 2-3 hours to a dark sky site (bortle 2) for a couple of days every time I can, so my total integration time won’t be 30 hours (at least for now).
Thanks in advance!