Good evening !
My adventure started about 2 months ago, when I bought a Celestron Astromaster 70az off of someone for about 50$.Since I spend most of my time watching smaller things in a microscope, ive been having a blast watching bigger stuff, nerding at the moon and getting a small glimpse of red from mars. Since I can't go out past 8pm due to lockdown, star gazing has been less interesting since I need to drive about 25 minutes to reach a spot with decent light pollution and less obstacles around me. I first tried to do some research to see if I could upgrade the telescope I bought, but I quickly realised that it was pretty much useless. Even if I was investing 200$ in it, I could simply buy a larger telescope to gather more light. So instead, I started looking for a telescope that packs more power, but with all those models, diameters lenghts and what not, I felt a bit lost so I decided to hop in here and ask a couple questions for two projects.
For the celestron 70az, my plan was to use it for star gazing only when im out camping or at the cabin. I want it to have a larger field of view to watch big chunks of the night sky. From what ive seen online, the telescope has a cheap amici diagonal which affects the light I see so I was thinking of buying a basic 15$ mirror diagonal and put a 40mm lens in it. The question is simple, would this be optimal for star gazing ?
Now, for the bigger telescope.... I have a budget between 400 and 500$ canadian (300-400$ us). Ive been looking at alot of models and reviews but there is so many I dont know where to look anymore. I mainly want a proper viewing of saturn and jupiter, watch some deep sky objects and simply have the ability to gather more light from my backyard. I also have an old DSLR, so maybe I would like to try and grab some pictures with the telescope in the future. Celestron seems to have some decent options for my budget, starting form the powerseeker 127 EQ all the way to small motorized mounted telescope. The main problem im having is that I am unable to tell if what im getting for a bigger price tag is actually worth it. Do I lose image quality from a motorized telescope ? Should I buy a less expensive one and invest in better lenses ? Etc..
If anyone has some tips and recommendations for me, that would help alot ! Sorry if its a big post, just want to make sure I put enough information ! Thanks !