Thanks all. Really appreciate the continued guidance. I think I am good to go now for the early stuff. Hope to be shooting photos sooner than later and will be able to elevate this discussion beyond the super basic fundamentals. Emails sent out about early purchase stuff (like the EQ6-R) :-D
While it’s not a major expense comparatively, I second the comment regarding dew control. I was slow to adopt a proper dew solution and standing guard with my wife’s hair dryer got old fast. Especially after she caught on.
I live at 7000ft in New Mexico. It's bone dry most of the time, otherwise I'd push it up higher on priority.
Here's the thing _not_ to miss. Start taking the camera calibration frames from the start. Bias, flats, darks.
Question on this part. Since I'll be using a DSLR for some time, and the temperature is not constant like a cooled camera, and since I can shoot with very high shutter speeds with a DSLR (basically as if the lens cap is on in darkness compared to the multi minute light exposures,) should I be shooting bias frames after every light frame to get a dynamic read noise average for the evening? I know that the noise changes with sensor temperature and I won't be able to easily capture dynamic darks noise, but I though I could maybe with the bias.