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Re: Photography guidance neeeded

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:42 pm

When you mention photography, are you interested (primarily) in solar system objects?

If so, you can use a DSLR with a telescope or a webcam-type imager like the Bresser Electonic Eyepiece. Although tracking helps, it is not essential, although hand-guiding using a 3x Barlow is a good way to become insane.

If you are considering long-exposure deep sky imaging you are going in a direction where I'm sorry I can't help you.
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Re: Photography guidance neeeded

Postby Bobbster » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:04 am

Well in the end I had a slight change of plan again. Trying to utilise fully the photography equipment I already have. To this end I ordered a skywatcher star adventurer tracker mount. Going to see how I get on with this and then maybe follow up with a refractor scope/more heavy duty mount later. Thank you again everyone for the inputs/feedback.
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Re: Photography guidance neeeded

Postby Gfamily2 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:42 pm

Bobbster wrote:Well in the end I had a slight change of plan again. Trying to utilise fully the photography equipment I already have. To this end I ordered a skywatcher star adventurer tracker mount. Going to see how I get on with this and then maybe follow up with a refractor scope/more heavy duty mount later. Thank you again everyone for the inputs/feedback.

An excellent move.
AP can have a fairly demanding learning curve - both in terms of the image capture and the post-processing to bring out the best from what you capture.

Starting with relatively short focal length images allows you to start gathering data with less worry about alignment, etc which you can begin to hone your processing skills.

Do you have access to dark sky locations? A weekend away with clear weather and a New Moon can give you a chance to collect several hours of data that will give you weeks of image manipulation to look forward to!

Enjoy!

Edit to add - it's worth seeing if you have a local astro society, they can be great for advice, encouragement and top ups of enthusiasm.
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