All-Rounder Scope Suggestions?
Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:35 AM
I'm trying to get a feel for something that would do either job with some competence without necessarily excelling at either.
The one I'm leaning toward is the Celestron C8 EdgeHD (https://optcorp.com/...scope-ota-91030), but would be interested in yall's input.
Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:40 AM
William Optics ZS81.
If you want to spend more of the 3K then their 102mm or 123mm.
Have you a mount and eyepieces and cameras and whatever else?
Posted 27 September 2020 - 12:21 PM
Almost any scope bigger than 60mm objective can be used for astrophotography.
You mentioned you want an OTA. Do you have a good steady tripod and head? Also, you will need a motor driven head that is not AZ for astrophotography, unless you want to use a guide star and guide the scope by hand like "old school" astronomers, in that case you can get by with slow motion hand controls.
You mentioned not more than $3,000, I assume that is U.S. dollars. That will get you a lot. Some people like "light bucket" telescopes others like refractors. I don't suggest the Celestro C8 EdgeHD, the field is too narrow for large DSOs or wide shots period. You can get outstanding pictures from a 5 to 6 inch ED refractor. A reflector can also be a good instrument, however a Newtonian design beyond 8 inches is cumbersome unless on a permanent mount.
You will need more gear, not certain what you have now. Others here will give you great advice.
There is a Brit that makes great videos, fun to watch great sense of humor, primarily gives advice on the least expensive ways to use a camera & telescope, links below:
One video specifically for you, it is not exhaustive however it is informative. Start the video at 7:17 to skip portions that do not include photography.
Still, you can get some good photos with an SCT: https://www.youtube....h?v=GuzsBb5rKx0
All of his videos: https://www.youtube....obiscuit/videos
Posted 27 September 2020 - 12:44 PM
Check out Astronomics' AstroTech refractors. Very good value for money and you get a discount for being a CN member.