Well I have the mount narrowed down to the iOptron CEM40EC so now all I need is a good telescope. You all have helped me narrow down all my choices for a mount so now if you could give me suggestions as to a good telescope again I'd be grateful.
I'm focusing on taking photos of everything very very far away.
I'd like to keep the price down around $3,000 or less. Actually would prefer less, figure I could afford better later on.
Any ideas are welcome.
You MUST distinguish between two things here. Few will help you do that. I will.
A good scope for an experienced imager to image with.
A good scope for learning DSO AP, and becoming that experienced imager. _Often_, not the same thing.
Want to save money? You're in luck. A 51-80mm refractor is a _great_ choice for the second thing. In fact, it's by far the right tool for the job.
Which one is not critical. A doublet can do fine. Or, you can get an excellent triplet, which you'll keep as your widefield scope forever.
First option. $489 + flattener, when you get tired of lousy stars at the edges.
Second option. About $1200 plus flattener.
Embroider this, frame it, and hang it on your wall. <smile> Bigger is not better. This ain't visual.
Smaller is fine. Many people do fabulous images with this, and it's the ideal tool for learning. Built in flattener. $823.
Watch this video, check out the setup. You can use the money saved to get a mono camera, filters, and a filter wheel, like he has. 15 minutes could save you a _lot_ of time and money.
You want to take images of small galaxies? You'll reach your goal faster/better/(far)easier if you start with a small scope and big targets. They too are better learning tools. Among other things, they make it far easier to diagnose issues.
There will be issues. <smile>
For my credentials see the astrobin referenced below. And my bookshelf can beat up the large majority of bookshelves here. <smile>
Edited by bobzeq25, 19 October 2021 - 05:19 PM.