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Beginning Deep Sky Astrophotography, would appreciate telescope recommendations

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#1 asrphotography03


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:20 AM


We are aspiring amateur photographers looking to get into deep sky astrophotography, something which interests us. We do have a decent camera body (Nikon D750), but are looking into telescopes and/or star trackers.

We reside in India, so would appreciate links from here. Currently we were looking into the Celestron 130EQ, however some reviews on the internet were negative, so we would like to have your opinions about them.

Also were looking into this - https://tejraj.com/s...otor-drive.html

We are also looking into star trackers, so would appreciate your help.


Budget - About 35k INR (About 480 USD)


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:39 AM

Honesty, those are absolutely terrible mounts for astrophotography.


You will not find a telescope and mount that are any good for astrophotography for 35k INR.


For that budget, you should look at buying a star tracker like a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer, or an iOptron SkyTracker, and shoot with wide-angle and short telephoto lenses.


Good luck, and clear skies!



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 11:49 AM

Jerry said it well.  Once you move from a simple camera lens to a telescope, you go far past your budget.


He's written an excellent book that will describe to you pretty much exactly what you do on a low budget.



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 12:06 PM

I use an IOptron Sky Guider Pro for my tracking mount. It's easy to setup, trouble-free and tracks quite well. I use it with a Nikon D5300 camera and either a WO Redcat 51 or SW 72mmED telescope or just a ball head and wide angle lens camera mount. It can be attached to a photographic-grade tripod but I suggest you use a sturdy one. I believe it's right around your budget for about $498US. https://www.ioptron....duct-p/3550.htm


There is also a technique called "un-tracked astrophotography" that doesn't require a tracking mount at all. It's best suited to wide angle shots and relies on stacking software and post-production to create images. I'm starting to experiment with it myself and it can yield some decent results. https://project-nigh...y_untracked.pdf


Clear skies.

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