Hi all. I will be getting into astrophotography and I must say this has been a wild ride trying to decide where to start. Firstly, I'm a "buy once, cry once" kind of guy. Perhaps this isn't the hobby for that, but I'd prefer not to start on one full setup and then as I improve purchase additional setups.
I'll keep this short:
Currently I have a Meade 8" SCT on an alt-azimuth - This one:
- I've read many reviews that SCTs are awful and terribly difficult to figure out and others that just love them.
- I'm back and forth between needing a CGEM, a wedge, or a different approach all together.
- I've read raving reviews regarding DSLRs such as the Canon EOS Ra and others that say to stick to a astrophotography-specific cooled camera (such as the Starlight Xpress 814). I'm open to either type of option.
I'm starting from scratch and have a budget of up to $5,000.
Thanks in advance for any support or ideas from this excellent community and clear skies!