A little over a year ago in January 2019, I got a Canon M50 Mirrorless camera as a gift. This was my first ever DSLR type camera, and, after a few weeks of crash courses on photography, learning the camera, learning about exposure/f-stops/etc, I was immediately drawn to learning more about astrophotography. After a few more months, I bought a tri-pod and a 75-300mm lens as well as 50mm prime lens to be able to take a little more wider range of photos. Living in South Florida, there aren't a lot of close dark sites (or any true dark sites), but this summer I managed to get what was for me, a great photo of the Milky Way, with the previous mentioned equipment. I was definitely hooked.
This week, after several months of saving up, as well as watching countless YouTube videos and reading a lot of information on this site, I finally placed an order for my first astrophotography rig, a mix of what I liked and what was affordable for me after 6 plus months of saving:
- WO Zenithstar 73
- WO Flat 73A Field Flattener
- WO 50mm Guide scope
- iOptron SmartEQ Pro mount
- ZWO Mini Monochrome Camera
- WO Smartphone adapter (including 25mm SWAN eyepiece)
- Canon T-ring Adapter
Now will come the long, excruciating wait for components to arrive, since I am well aware that most of the William Optics components are on a severe back-order. I'm hoping to have everything but the field flattener by mid-March, and would be happy if the Flattener arrives by the end of April. I'm also hoping to save up enough money over the next month to buy a good light pollution filter, so I can do a bit more imaging from my house instead of 30-60 minute drives to the closest "dark sites" to me. I also realize that a lot of this stuff isn't exactly beginner level, but I'm looking forward to doing my first polar alignment, figuring out auto-guiding, image stacking, different software, and, oh yeah, taking some really awesome pictures and seeing a bunch of DSO I've never seen before.