I have been reading various posts here about my new quest, but posting for the first time!
I want to buy a telescope for myself and my kids. I am interested in viewing planets and brighter DSOs. But one of the main requirements for me is that I should be able to take pictures using my DSLR and my telescope. I have just started in astrophotography (so far, taken pictures of the moon, Comet Neowise, Milky Way) using a DSLR and tripod and no tracking (Nikon D5300, 35mm f/1.8 prime and a Tamron 18-400mm lens). I am self-taught, but am reasonably comfortable with using a DSLR in manual mode and postprocessing.
I have read many posts here to understand what equipment I need, what will fit in my budget and what will get me most value. It is overwhelming! But I have shortlisted these telescopes:
1. Orion Spaceprobe 130ST.
2. Orion XT6 or XT8 (price difference isn't major, but will the extra cost + weight be worth it?)
3. I read only today from a forum here about Apertura AD8. There is also DT6. No idea how their image and build quality compares to Orion.
My thought process currently is to buy a telescope that is good at viewing planets and brighter DSOs, and take pictures using it and my DSLR. I'm also interested in a focal length that goes significantly beyond the 400mm of my telephoto lens. This way I can take good planetary images with the telescope, possibly some DSOs too, but fall back on my telephoto lens for larger DSOs that will be magnified too much by the telescope. I realize that both telescopes above are not good for long-exposure photography because I cannot track. For now, I am ok with stacking a large number of short-exposure photos. I might buy a small tracker (like Omegon Mini LX2/3) for my camera tripod and DSLR, so as of now I'm OK with not being able to track conveniently on the telescope.
My questions are:
1. Are the above good options (from the point of view of setup, and viewing)? I'm maximizing aperture, as suggested by many posts here, while keeping things below $400 (for telescope).
Any other suggestions that I should consider?
2. I have not been able to find consistent answers about how to attach my DSLR to either one of these telescopes. There are random YouTube videos, but all of them start with the caveat that DOB does not work with DSLR because of no tracking. I'm OK with pictures without tracking, as I said above. My main requirement is that I be able to capture with my DSLR what I can see through the eyepiece. I believe this is called eyepiece projection. Does anybody have experience with taking sharp photographs with either of these (or a comparable telescope)? What parts would I need to buy to accomplish this?
This requirement is a hard one for me. I am willing to look at other telescopes based primarily on the ability to do this. I prefer to use DSLR rather than a point-and-shoot, mainly because I have a DSLR and want to capitalize on it (resolution, ability to post-process RAW, etc.).
3. I see from forums here that for beginners like me, a Dobsonian offers many advantages. I see the point of stability, although the bulk is scary. But again, if there is a tripod telescope with comparable reach that is easier to work with a DSLR, I would be interested.
If it helps, I plan to do most viewing from my backyard or the park across the street. I live in a suburb of Boston, so light pollution is definitely an issue (I don't know where on the Bortle scale I am).
Edited by amitshesh, 25 September 2020 - 05:11 PM.