I've been imaging for about a year now. My setup has been very basic. I use my Canon 5D mkiv and an older 500mm f/4 lens mounted on a Celestron AVX. I use an ASI 120mm guide camera mounted on a 30mm f/4 scope (attached to an L-bracket on my camera). PHD2 for guiding, BackyardEOS for focus & image capturing. A couple of USB-powered dew heaters.
I mostly use my camera and lens for wildlife photography, and while it's been a workable solution for basic astrophotography, it's also been a giant pain to break everything down and reset everything depending on whether I'm taking wildlife shots or star shots at a given time. The process involves changing out a lot of hardware. I'm ready for a more permanent and dedicated setup.
I really like the focal length that I've been working with, and I'd like to get something in that range. I would also like to get a cooled camera. I have a budget of about $2200 to get everything I need. I'm going to continue using the AVX mount and the guide camera/scope I already own.
I've been reading the forums and looking off-and-on for the past couple of months. I'm currently leaning toward a WO Zenithstar 81 APO matched with a ASI533MC Pro. I also got on the waitlist for an ASIAir Plus a couple weeks ago.
Any thoughts? Any accessories beyond those that I HAVE to get? Any that you'd recommend?
Thanks for any advice you may have and clear skies.