I have been a keen visual for a while and enjoying it a lot. There is always a point however, when you want to see MORE (especially DSOs), and by very recently the only way to achieve that goal was to go BIG. However, I am very happy with my Skywatcher Star Discovery 150p and Celestron AstroFi 90. Have been using them both, having fun switching mounts etc, and I don't really wanna go down bigger and heavier telescope route. Besides, I am in Bortle 6 zone in the UK, so bigger not necessary would do much better for me.
I have been reading this particular forum for a while, and realized that EAA could actually be the best way for me to go.
First about my rigs
- Skywatcher Star Discovery 150p 6"/750mm f5 reflector;
- Skywatcher Star Discovery Goto Alt-Az Mount (with a Handset, non-WiFi version)
- Celestron Astro Fi 90mm refractor f10.1 refractor with a stock WiFi mount.
I am using them both, recently most of the time Newtonian one on Celestron Wifi mount, that's because i like that alignment option in Sky Safari where you point it to three stars, it does computing and shows you actual names of those stairs in the end. So you see, I'm kinda gadget guy as well.
Anyways, rest of my equipment:
- Baader Mark IV Zoom eyepiece;
- Baader 2.25x Barlow that came with it;
- Stock EPs that came with scopes. I'm finding Celestron ones better, so am using 25mm Wide Angle (I think it's 60 degree AFV) one for larger targets;
- Celestron Powerbank Lithium (smaller one)
- Skywatcher SynScan V4 handset.
I am living in the UK, Bortle 6 zone, with a view from my garden nicely opened to the East- South - West. Unfortunately, 15 miles to the South there is beautiful town called London, so from Bortle 6 light pollution goes off the scale probably :DDD
I am a techie guy, IT professional, so am not afraid of the gadgets, and I HATE CABLES (Revolution Imager is out of question for me). Also, Black Friday is on a way, so I think time is perfect to make that small step towards EAA.
I am after smaller DSOs, like Dumbbell, Ring and M13, which are my favourites and I have been observing with a success, and after doing a lot of reading, came up with something like this:
- Camera: Altair GPCAM3 385C USB3 / or ZWO ASI 385 MC;
- Stellarmate or Asiair for remote control;
- 0.33 - 0.5 reducer in case I would like to see something bigger
I'm after either Stellarmate or Asiair, because once again I HATE CABLES and even being 1 meter away with my laptop I'd rather have it connected wirelessly. I would also prefer to do my observations on my laptop rather then phone or tablet, that's why I think Stellarmate on Raspberry Pi 4 would be better option.
One last thing, at the moment I am not interested in photography, what I would like to do is wireless streaming from my telescope to my laptop, but also to my son's tablet.
Could someone please kindly advise and help me to make right, sensible choice, also advise if I need any extra equipment to connect all that, and what kind of software would be best for me?
Thank you in advance for all your kind advice,
Edited by crazeey, 26 November 2019 - 09:57 AM.