Thanks, that's all good info!
I am considering the setup you mentioned in your first reply, as it appears that my telescope and mount are both major bottlenecks. If I do choose to go this way do you have any EQ camera mounts that you would recommend?
There are a number of good ones. I personally like the iOptron ( i've owned two iOptron mounts and one camera tracker) Skyguider Pro. $400 plus tripod, if you have a good camera tripod, that works. You won't find anything better cheaper.
Many people like the Staradventurer. Kind of a Ford v Chevy thing.
CRUCIAL. It will take a 300mm lens, max. Don't mess up by trying to put a telescope on it, unless it's something like a Redcat 51, 250 mm (expensive), or an FMA180, 180mm. Cheap.
Maybe an FMA230.
All these are basically lenses, but optimized for astrophotography. That counts, a whole lot. Scroll down to the spot diagram for the FMA230. You won't be getting stars like those with a camera lens.
Starting with the standard 50mm lens is a good idea. Learn the basics with that (it will take a while) and then try going longer, when you can do images with the 50mm that you're happy with.
This was a 50mm lens. Click on the (required by CN) small thumbnail for a much better version and capture details. It was something of an ideal target for the setup. D5500 (modified for increased sensitivity to the deep red light of the nebulae, $250) iOptron Skytracker v2. 149 20 second lights plus bias and flats, stacked. Very light polluted suburban backyard.
Edited by bobzeq25, 01 April 2023 - 05:07 PM.