I am new here, been reading a lot and can not explain how much this forum has helped me
So here I am with a super newb question, or survey I should say
I currently own a Celestron 8se with star sense a power tank, lenses, and a t ring adapter for my sony a7. In addition I have a manfrotto cf tripod and an iOptron skytracker pro, a 24mm f1.8 rokinon that I use for photos. I am comfortable with my telescope, camera, deep sky stacker, and Adobe suite. Knowing well that I still have to practice in those areas as well I have still made the decision to slowly start to collect more hardware as I grow into this hobby. So here in lies my question.
I had originally planned to look at Williams Optics line of small refactors, 61, 71 and the Redcat grabbed my attention for various reasons, weight, price, ease of use. I was also going to plan for a GEM as I know well that alt az is no way to photography the sky. The mount here is of less concern to me. Recently I had been reading about DSO photography and I surely have a desire to snap some of these targets. Along that path the hyperstar mod for the Celestron line come up and has peaked my interest.
Would it be just as reasonable an option to mod my SE into a f2 astrograph, purchase an astrophotography specific camera and go to town with what I have? Will I see a noticeable difference in photos I take currently with the same alt az mount with short exposure times? Or should I just go for the GEM with one of many tried and true scopes, using my dslr until further fund are available.
I am fully aware that with all new equipment comes new learning so I am not afraid to learn how to best use the new stuff, just wondering if in anyone's opinion a hyperstar is worth investing in to "tide me over"(and also get me through a horribly cold NY winter) until more funds are free or if without a GEM it defeats the purpose of it being modified