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#1 cman2187

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 11:35 AM

Hi everyone! I'm looking for suggestions (based on experience and general knowledge) for a good, entry or intermediate-level OTA telescope that can handle astrophotography, but is also good for viewing, and won't break the bank (less than $3k). I'm new to astrophotography and am enjoying the technical challenge it presents, but I realized that while trying to coax a good picture out of my rinky-dink Celestron 4SE is fun, I miss just looking at stuff.

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.

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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?



#3 Dan84

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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.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=Na-aBhc_gTY

 

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



#4 Telescopy

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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.



#5 Dan84

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 03:16 PM

Here is another video, he is a bit "long winded" as the video is also for those that know little or nothing about telescopes, still it is informative.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=LmX0OkXHoSY




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