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#1 rob1986

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 10:21 AM

any recommendations for an ap scope for the astroview?

 

(will the ED 80 do?)

 

I would prefer a large price range. (lets assume, for now, that its dual axis drive has been appropriately hacked for guiding.)

 

(and I understand that the astroview is a highly limiting choice, this is for a brother that balked at recommending he put 1400$ at least into a mount if he was interested in AP. /I'm looking for something somewhat cheaper.)

 

and if anyone can heartily recommend DSLR AP with it, I'd appreciate the recommendation.


Edited by rob1986, 22 July 2021 - 10:25 AM.


#2 Couder

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 10:41 AM

 (lets assume, for now, that its dual axis drive has been appropriately hacked for guiding.)

 

What do you mean, hacked for guiding? If you get a decent mount and properly align it, why would you need to hack it?



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Posted 22 July 2021 - 10:42 AM

I think any ed80 might be on the heavy side for your mount. My wo z73 I think weighs around 7 lbs without anything attached and after adding a camera and guide scope and other attachments that might push it over your mounts 12 lbs limit. You might be able to get by with a williams optics redcat 51mm scope with it's weight around 4 lbs or something else in the 55mm range of scopes. Another option that you might try is getting a larger zoom lens for your dslr and use that to do astro pics instead of getting a scope at all. There are a lot of people that do astrophotography using just a dslr and zoom lens and u might be able to find some good threads in the astro forums.


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#4 kel123

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 10:54 AM

I understand you are asking for a friend but the astroview mount is not for AP and it is not advisable to put an AP scope on it.

When an AP scope at that level becomes more expensive than the mount, you know there is a problem. Although a $1400 will be fairly formidable, there are much less expensive mounts for about half that price that are better than the astroview mount for AP.

In fact, people are using the AZgti for AP and it is only $300. It has goto and can guide.

#5 photoracer18

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 11:00 AM

 

 (lets assume, for now, that its dual axis drive has been appropriately hacked for guiding.)

 

What do you mean, hacked for guiding? If you get a decent mount and properly align it, why would you need to hack it?

 

He means adding an ST4 port on something like a Vixen controller without one.



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Posted 22 July 2021 - 11:02 AM

For AP the mount needs to cost about 2x the scope price.



#7 alphatripleplus

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 11:11 AM

As the OP is interested  in a scope for AP,  moving to  Beginning Deep Sky Imaging for a potentially better fit.



#8 Notdarkenough

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 11:12 AM

How seriously is AP understood? If images are what the goal is there are much easier solutions. Ever seen the Revolution Imager II? Uses all visual gear, plus what is in their kit, to do almost real-time images. Significantly cheaper and easier than trying to do AP on the cheap.



#9 rob1986

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 01:45 PM

I'm certain he has not a clue what we thinks he wants to get into. He's not detail oriented enough.

 

the real question is how I can show him what he's getting into and still

a give him a finished something

 

b help him understand what he's doesn't understand about this

 

all without

c torturing him unnecessarily and gurenteeing he never gets interested in the hobby again

 

and

d doesn't break the bank in the process.


Edited by rob1986, 22 July 2021 - 01:49 PM.


#10 kel123

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 01:50 PM

I'm certain he has not a clue what we thinks he wants to get into. He's not detail oriented enough.


The OP is asking for a f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶ brother.


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