I have read many articles and help questions on different retail sites but have not been able to find a definitive answer/guide to my situation.
I am trying to figure out a relatively affordable (~$600-$700) mounting solution for doing some DSO imaging using my full-frame as well as crop-framed Canon cameras using 400mm lens (max). So I would need tracking that would require an Equitorial mount.
I am a bit of a noob to all this so I may be making this more complex than it needs to be.
I believe the Skywatcher AZ-GTI is the solution to this as it will work as an Equatorial mount. This can be connected to SynScan and also to SkySafari App and it becomes a GOTO mount. I think. Is this indeed true and is this all I would need for my purposes as described above...??
My confusion stems from the fact that folks keep talking about installing a wedge to the setup above. Is that really necessary when the Skywatcher AZ-GTI has been set to the Equatorial mode...??
If it is indeed necessary to get a wedge, I was looking at either the iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount with iPolar or the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Equatorial Wedge Base...??? Or are these totally different things altogether...?? Or do I need both...?? (Sorry, total confusion here.)
The only other consideration that I would need to keep in mind is the ease of use for Polar alignment. I have heard folks like the Polar alignment that the AZ-GTI/SynScan/SkySafari setup provides. I have also heard folks rave about the iOptron's iPolar mentioned above. (Once again, I am confused about why I would need both of these pieces.) Given my absolute ignorance about all this, this has to be really foolproof for me.
Well, I am hoping that some of you very knowledgeable and experienced folks can clear this very muddled mind.
Thank you tons in advance.
Edited by driven13, 30 June 2020 - 02:28 AM.