The gear: 1980's C8 mounted on newer Celestar fork mount with basic motor drive good wedge and tripod. Camera Sony A6000 (24 mp ASPC format). Visual off access guider with illuminated cross hair lens. I have a F6.3 corrector lens for the C8. Scope is all clean and shiny inside and out. I have hand controllers for motions and focus. I'm heading to Joshua Tree National park in February for new moon, Lots of targets are available. First trip out with this gear for DSO imaging (attempt). I have a large 12 vt battery to run both the camera and scope drive. I have a bahtinov mask for the telescope for focus. I have astro dlsr on a Mac laptop but the interface with Sony is very week so may just use android app to remote control the camera. I also have dew shields. but not heaters. If the gear is not up to snuff, I 'll work in the Hershel 400 catalog, (and some fine whiskey).
I know It's antiquated but it's all I've got on a budget. Yeah, Yeah, yeah, laugh but it's what we all did 30 years ago. I'd like to get a newer GEM mount but not in the cards now. And a better camera. etc etc etc.
The questions: I need hints and help. I feel confident that I can get polar alignment with drift method. With this set up how long of exposures would be recommended. From all the reviews and research, I know that the Sony camera likes to run at 1600 ISO for deep images. Scope is going to be f6.3 with the corrector lens. I guess it depends on how the old tracker gears will behave and how much I need to guide. If I take numerous short images will I be able to get any rich detail or color.?Any suggested best targets? I will also have the ability to mount the camera piggy back with a 70- 200mm f4 lens and 19mm f2.8 wide angle. Setting suggestions? Is the 200mm lens ( 35mm equivalent to 350 MM) worth bothering?
Cloudy nights in Portland Or.