Let me start out by saying I am a complete novice to all of this. How much of a novice? I just started reading CN early last week trying to absorb everything about telescopes I can. We have a telescope we recently dug out of the basement, but it is very old and frankly not much more than a toy.
So we are currently looking for our first "real" telescope. I recently posted on the beginners forum to solicit ideas from more experienced folks on the correct direction we should go. After doing research on CN I stumbled upon EAA. All I can say is WOW! Some of the captures you all are getting are simply amazing! My family and I would love to do this--
I see a lot of posts from folks saying they have scopes and mounts and want to start EAA with what they have. Makes sense. Best to use what you have to see what is possible. We are at the beginning with the thought that 'no one wants to buy a bunch of stuff only to find out it is not optimal for EAA when they finally decide to go that direction'. So, after posting on the beginners forum and gaining a lot of valuable input, we have determined it might make sense to buy two scopes to start. One for my son to work (age 12) and one for me.
I have narrowed down some scopes that might work for us for visual now, but COULD potentially be used later for EAA. Now I need some input to make a final decision.
I like the idea of getting a refractor that my son could use with a simple Alt-Az mount for now. Here is one that is a contender: https://www.bhphotov...ctor.html/specs
From what I understand (again, I am about as much of NOOB as possible with this so please forgive me if I am not saying something correctly), we need something fast to capture images in real time. This scope is an F/5 and with a 6.3FR could go to F/3.2. Would something like this work for EAA eventually?
For the scope I would be using I am looking at either a 6SE, Evolution 6, or some kind of a goto dob. I would like goto so it would be easier to find things (I forgot to mention we are in Bortle class 6). It seems a lot of folks use the SCT's for EAA. Not optimal, but it can be made to work with various focal reducers.
I'm wondering if the Skywatcher Startravel 120mm could be used on the 6SE or Evolution mount for EAA? Is there enough clearance at the zenith?
If not, would this mount work instead: https://www.adorama....nmpi-google-dsa
Thank you in advance for any advice!