Me and my friend want to get into Astrophotography, after we took really good pictures of the moon with our Nikon D800E without a telescope. We are both 16 and we are experts at photography.
Goal: our goal is to get pictures of nebulas like Orion and others, celestial objects in the sky like Saturn and it's rings, and a picture of other galaxies, specifically Andromeda.
To get to the Issue: We're in a search for a telescope that fits under our budget of $500, but okay with going to a maximum of $800. (We already have a good camera, Nikon D800E).
We've researched for hours after hours and still were not sure of what is the best option for our goals. We've come to the point where we have narrowed it down to a few options:
- Celestron 70mm x SkyScanner Astropack (not sure of Astro or Pro pack), and this is in our budget because the telescope is $100 and the tracking mount is $300, and from the amazon reviews we saw really good pictures of galaxies and nebulas but not sure if we can trust those.
- Celestron - NexStar 130SLT Computerized Telescope, but we realized that this is an alt-az and for our goals, it could result in field rotation, which we dont want....
- Solomark 130EQ Newtonian Reflector Telescope ($260) is an option i'm not very fond of, but it has a german equatorial mount and it comes with a good but cheap package with a case, tripod, lenses, etc.
We know a location with no light pollution, so that is not an issue for us, the only issue is what telescope to get. I am experienced with Adobe Photoshop and I am learning how to use astrophotography software like Autostakkert!, and I know the general Idea of stacking, etc and generally good with computer programs.
Another question I have is that autosakkert has this feature that apparently de-rotates an image, so I was wondering if I took an photo using the NexStar 130SLT, could the rotation problem go away? I know what a de-rotator is but it's too expensive and all of this is coming from our pocket money.
One more thing to add, we have a tripod stand (Vanguard Mark S).
It would be very helpful if you could give us your opinion on our options and possibly give us a setup recommendation that's under our budget, it would be great
Thank you to everyone reading it this far, and thanks for your time to help me, I really appreciate it.