I've been super into bird and wildlife photography and started with a Panasonic bridge camera. Eventually I got a DSLR and a 400mm f5.6 prime lense which has been a fantastic lens for birding. I live in a climate where the birds go away for the winter though so my other photography interest became astrophotography stuff. I got a Sky Watcher Star Adventure tracker, but with how heavy my lense and camera is I'm only comfortable shooting 30-45sec exposures and still have to throw away a lot of shots because of tracking problems.
So I know the mount is basically the backbone of the whole process and am planning to get an HEQ5 Pro or EQ6-R Pro at some point. Those mounts cost $1200-1700 plus the cost of a guiding camera/scope. I am also still using an unmodified DSLR though, and you can buy an Astro-modified DSLR and filters for a lot less money than the mount will cost. Would an Astro camera be a worthwhile upgrade while I continue to save for a quality EQ Mount? I'm going to have to buy both of them eventually I just have limited monies right now. Start with an unmodified DSLR on a good mount (more expensive right now), or start with an astromodified camera on a mediocre mount (less expensive right now)?
A few photos I've managed to take