Hey guys, I'm very new to astrophotography and also to this website. I'm very interested in getting started. I've been doing a lot of research over the past two months and I am currently planning to get my setup up and running within the next several months. Needless to say there are so many options and a dizzying array of equipment. My interests are in photographing deep space objects and galaxies. The first purchase I made towards that end was a Canon rebel T7i DSLR. These are the scopes I have been considering
1. William optics zenithstar 73 or 81 - I think I understand the difference in the optics, but is there any reason why one would choose one or the other?
2. Explore Scientific ED 80
3. Meade 70mm astrograph
I would likely get a skywatcher HEQ mount for the first two. For the third option, there is a package that I can buy that comes with the LX 85 mount, which would likely be a bit cheaper overall. Also, from what I understand you do not need a field flattener with this quad scope, but the tradeoff is some chromatic aberration and difficulty with collimation. I'm also planning to use a guidescope and camera for autoguiding. I find this to be a very fascinating and exciting hobby. Any advice you guys have is greatly appreciated!