The Baader seems the way to go. Just need to save up a bit. I like the idea it comes with the Barlow also. So I will use the stock ones for at least a few weeks.
Is the Orion Laser collimator the best one to get? I see many cheaper as well as more expensive ones. Does it make a difference?
I am likely making a shroud, need the scope to measure it.
What programs for either iPad, or computer do people like? This scope has Goto, and I am sure it works adequately, but are there some other apps that may be fun or do a better job?
Even though this is not a good AP rig (I do not need tons of explaining on that front), if I wanted to take a few simple Moon or planet shots what would I need? I have a Sony a6300, so I know I need the e mount for that camera, are there any other pieces required?
I can almost guarantee that you will like the Baader zoom.
I am not sure about the Orion collimator. I use a Howie Glatter laser w/ Tublug, & a Howie Glatter Parallizer. It is an expensive investment, for sure. Price aside, I never had any regrets purchasing the Glatter setup. There are laser collimators, that are less expensive, that do a good job. Farpoint collimators, get a lot of comments here on CN. Regardless of which laser collimator you purchase, you should purchase a combination chesire/ sight tube. I own the Celestron model # 94182. You will need this tool on your initial setup, before you can use the laser.
You should seriously look into SkySafari Plus or Pro. It is an incredible app, for astronomy. You can connect it to your scope, if you wish. I personally think SkySafari Plus is one of the best investments I made, for astronomy, along with my Glatter setup!!!
I am sorry, but I know nothing about AP. I am strictly a visual observer.
Edited by LIVE LONG, 21 September 2021 - 02:13 PM.