I am starting to venture back into AP, just a bit. All I've ever done is rigid mount AP to this point, wide field. I build a manual barn door tracker but I boght a 180mm lens that i hope to use for some AP on an EQ mount.
So for the time being, I plan on using mY Nikon DSLR and my 35mm and 180mm prime lenses for AP. Although I plan ondoing on MW shots, I could still use a rigid tripod mount. I hope to get into it as inexpensively as possible to see how it goes before i jump down that rabbit hole.
I am considering various star trackers vs entry level EQ mounts. Considering I am not planning on very long focal length imaging, which is suggested? I plan on imaging in my backyard, which is near the Phoenix area.
Considering the star trackers do not come with tripods, how much would one really save considering the EQ mounts come with tripods to hand this load (which would be able 3 lbs for body and 180mm lens)
Ive been looking at the SkyGuider Pro, Star Adventurer, Sky Watcher eqm 35q, ioptron smarteq, celestron advanced vx, Meade LX85.....open to an afforable options.
Ive been checking the classifieds for some time, but considering the shipping and PP fees, i havent really seen any good deals either.