So I got my first scope, a big and beautiful SkyWatcher 8'' Dobsonian (203/1200). I've been taking some pictures of the moon and the big planets with my phone (on a holder) and also tried to get some Messier objects and there comes my bit of frustration. I love to look at the eyepiece but, the feeling of getting a sharp image of an object is way better, I guess I am more into AstroPhotography than I am into just looking at the EP. At first I thought of getting an astrocamera but then thought, how long is the maximum exposure I can take without tracking? I think the number is 500/1200=0.416s for my case, is that right? There's not much that can be done with 0.416s exposures! and manually keeping the object in place...
Therefore, I first need to upgrade my mount to a tracking one. Being my purpose to do AP, getting an Alt/az tracking mount would not make much sense, would it?
One thing I did not consider when getting my scope is its weight. Just the scope, with no attachments, sits at 11kg (24lb).
So my questions are...
- Where do I go from here? Camera or mount first?
- If camera, Skywatcher newtonians don't need a new focuser, right? (please say no) Which camera would you choose with a 300/400€ (350/470$) budget? and with a more flexible budget?
- If as I believe mount comes first, which one? Looking at the prices I am truly scared of this new hobby, what's the minimum you would put that scope on top of (for AP)?
Many many thanks for reading me so far! Looking forward for answers!