Hi all. I hope this is the right place to post this... I'm a noob who will likely buy his first noobtube in the next month. My goals: #1) Observe and learn the night sky (hop and enjoy w/ a scope), #2) stay within a reasonable starting budget (~2,000 USD or less if possible) and #3) have considerable flexibility w/ the initial investment for future expansion of this hobby (i.e. AP) that I think I will really love. With that in mind, and after considerable reading/watching/chatting, I have been thinking about the following setup to start my adventure into astronomy and later astrophotography....
Scope: Orion Astrograph 8" Reflector
Tri/Mount: EQ6-R (yes it's big but it gives me significant flexibility on future scope upgrades)
Perhaps early next year, the following (budget 1000-1500 USD):
DSLR: Used Canon t2i to t7i, AP modded (where/who?)
Guide scope: ???
Other: Coma Corrector, software, etc...
Questions: Do you think this is a good approach? Should I consider other equipment in place of what I have listed? Is the budget reasonable to achieve my goals? Is the tripod/mount too aggressive? Other insights?