So I am currently in the process of selling my wedge mounted CPC 1100. When I first got into astronomy, I didn’t even realize there was two very different main styles of mount(alt/atz & eq). I had never owned more than a “toy” telescope as a kid before. I did a lot of research as far as ease of use and portability which the CPC does do well. I however never imagined I’d get into a Astrophotography and the only reason that it did happen is because I saw pictures of the CPC with a DSLR attached to the back and figured I’d give it a try. This resulted in a struggle to get a setup not geared towards AP to work for AP and although I did have some success(see pics), I’m ready to do this thing right. Moving the entire setup and lifting the OTA up onto and off the wedge each session, not to mention getting it all polar aligned and guiding right(guiding isn’t that great on those mounts, acceptable if you tinker a while, but not great, for me anyway) is a HUGE bear. Now I’ve already settled on a mount. The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro looks to be a very good and reliable mount for the price. I guess the recommendations I’m really looking for are as far as which OTA to mount on top of the EQ6. I’m leaning towards the 800 Edge HD as this seems much better suited for AP, and I do love taking pics of galaxies, so I’m trying not to get too wide of a FOV. I am willing to go another route though if the advice leads me in another direction. Basically what I’m looking for is this… I want some thing that will still be able to get decent pictures of galaxies, but be able to fit slightly larger targets like some of the mid sized nebula, things like that. I’ll be imaging with a Canon 5D MkII and I have the Orion 80mm compact refractor/SSAG Pro Mono for my guide package. For really wide field I do have the option of using my 200mm telephoto piggyback. I should also mention that even though starting AP with 11”SCT is usually a “hobby killer” for it’s difficulty, I did manage some success with it, so I’m still willing to give a smaller one on a better mount a try. But any recommendations are much appreciated!
Clear Skies Everyone!!!