Well that is disappointing, but thanks for your honest feedback.
I will try my DLSR camera.
I must have made many wrong decisions when I bought this telescope. Just show when you don't know what you are doing.
thanks for your feedback.
You made the same decision that a great many people make. No need to beat yourself up about it.
You got a great scope for doing visual astronomy and lunar/planetary photography (which use short exposures), but a difficult one to start out with in long exposure Deep Space Objects astrophotography. It's a completely different activity.
For DSOs, consider starting out with the DSLR and a lens (50mm is good, others can work) mounted piggyback to the scope, placed on a wedge. That will make life much easier, and you can learn the techniques of DSO imaging/processing that way. Once you know them you can try the big scope. If it's too difficult, and you're not having fun, consider a different setup for long exposure DSO work. Many people who made that decision, found DSO AP was very hard, switched their setup, and succeeded.
By starting with the camera/lens, you greatly increase your chances of success with your scope. Nothing will help as much as actual experience.
DSO AP is complicated. This book will talk about how to use the camera/lens.
He has another book dealing with lunar/planetary.
This book is the next step up in sophistication, for DSOs. Widely recommended here, my copy is well worn.
Edited by bobzeq25, 09 September 2019 - 05:40 PM.