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#1 Dean B

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:57 PM

Hello all. I am going to buy my first scope soon and would like feedback from people with experience. I am interested in a rig designed specifically for the astrophotography of dso's, using my dslr to begin with. I am looking at the skywatcher pro 100ed, I have heard that the 80 is good for ap work but I like the sound of another 20mm for another 100 or so dollars. For a mount I was looking at the skywatcher eqm 35 pro. Would these two items be an adequate start to the capturing of dso's? Thanks for any and all feedback, clear skies!

#2 StarryHill

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:25 PM

I'd recommend the 80mm over the 100mm. It's both lighter and faster (f/7.5 vs f/9) making it easier to be successful with a lightweight mount like the eqm 35. Keep in mind that a guide scope will be needed for most DSOs which will add to the weight.



#3 khng30

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:15 PM

Hi, starting out same as you. I read the mount should cost more than the scope so bit the bullet and got the SW EQ6-R mount. As the other poster said, go with the lighter lens unless you want to invest a heavier mount. If the mount can't support the scope I don't think you'll be happy with the results. New here too, will try the set up hopefully this weekend. Good luck!

 



#4 dave brock

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:53 PM

Be better to post this in one of the imaging forums.


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