Hiya Cloudy Nights!
I am very new to astrophotography and observing and using telescopes in general. I just bought a Skywatcher Mak 180. Here is a complete list of all the equipment I bought so far for my setup:
Skywatcher Mak 180
AstroZap heated dewshield
Tele-Vue ACC-003 2 inch SCT adapter
Generic T-adapter with SCT attachment threads
Celestron AVX Mount with 2 counterweights
STANLEY J5C09 JUMPiT Portable Power Station Jump Starter
ZWO ASI 174 camera
ZWO Electronic 8 Position Filter Wheel - 1.25"/31 mm Sized
Antares F/6.3 SCT Focal Reducer
Hubble Optics Hubble 5-Star Artificial Star (for collimating)
Baader UV-IR Cut Filter - 1.25" Round Mounted
Celestron Universal T-Adapter with Barlow - 1.25-inch
Baader Moon and SkyGlow Filter - 1.25" Round Mounted
ZWO 1.25" Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector
ZWO 1.25" LRGB Filters Optimized for ASI1600
I still want to buy a diagonal and eyepieces for the Mak 180, and a focuser for the Mak 180 too (maybe a feathertouch or moonlite focuser). I was thinking of getting a used 35mm Panoptic and maybe a couple more, but maybe a zoom one would be better? I would like to ideally spend less than 1-2k on all the rest of the equipment I need.
I primarily want to use this scope for planetary astrophotography and observing, is there anything else I am missing? For planetary do I need anything for polar alignment and autoguiding?
Also, I have a Macbook Pro and installed Firecapture on it, and was thinking of installing Pixinsight eventually and learning that too. I know registax and autostakkert are only on pc, should I buy a pc and if so, which one? I would want one that does it all, I do not want to use bootcamp or parallels or anything on my macbook pro.
Edited by ddahan47, 01 March 2021 - 09:33 PM.