As I described in a previous post, my Astro photo season is more or less over, due to the long long days up here at almost 60 degrees latitude.
From early may, there won't be any real dark skies again until late August!
So... the perfect opportunity to make plans for projects and what I'd love to achieve when autumn comes around - not least: new EQUIPMENT
Whilst I'm more than pleased my "rig" as it is right now (pls see my profile), I am seriously considering taking the (big) step into using a telescope and dedicated astro camera
To be very honest, I have found that more or less everything I've learned so far about my image train and what I can do with it has become irrelevant, including even the most basic terminology.
Nothing stays the same... and all of a sudden there are new terms to understand and they appear to not have a direct equivalent in my "old world"... gone are ISO, variable aperture, focal length and zoom. In comes binning, correctors, reducers, back focus, working distance, collimation, well depth, filter wheels and drawers...
I decided to start at the beginning and I have tried to configure some hardware that I think will work together and thus allow me to learn how to use a set up that won't require an expert to put together and maintain. The configuration is also intended to give me a similar "performance" to my current set-up, including FoV etc.
Here it is:
- Williams Optics Gran Turisimo 102mm APO Triplet
- ASI 294MC Pro
- Williams P Flat6A 102 Corrector/0.8x reducer
- ZWO EAF S Auto focuser
All run thru the ASI Air pro that I already have and mounted on the EQ6R Pro.
I guess many might suggest to go mono from the start, but I really don't see myself having the patience (nor the availability of clear sky imaging time) to do the whole filter rotation thing... just call me lazy.
On the topic of filters, I do realise that I will need to include a filter, not least to help tackle medium light pollution (Bortle 4). I simply can't work out how to get a filter into the above setup, given the back focus requirement of 55mm for the camera? There's no space left???
My "reach out" is for anyone that might have this (or a very similar) rig and could confirm that I'm not missing something critical (eg obscure thing like sensor size, pixel size and density etc etc) - will it not only work, but actually produce good results when I finally learn how to use it properly?
Thanks for reading and thanks for any help I can get!