Best Telescope for stars/moon in desert

Best Telescope for stars/moon in desert

Postby johnpedro » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:06 pm

We a booked one of the Morocco desert tours to take pictures and enjoy the moon and starts, any advice for a good Telescope?
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Re: Best Telescope for stars/moon in desert

Postby dave.b » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:10 pm

That depends on your baggage allowance! Also depends on your budget.

A good quality small aperture refractor on a strong camera tripod would be a good starting point. Make sure the tripod head allows you to point the telescope up enough, as most pan tilt heads are restricted in their altitude movement.
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Re: Best Telescope for stars/moon in desert

Postby Gfamily2 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:07 pm

If you're interested in taking widescale images of the Milky Way, a dSLR and a driven mount would be helpful.
Some friends at our local astro society are getting very good results with the Skywatcher Star Adventurer which is relatively compact and light, fits on a standard tripod and can be used with a camera or a small scope.
One of our imagers thinks that its guided tracking (using PHD2) is pretty much comparable to his EQ6 mount - admittedly that's using a 65mm refractor rather than a 250mm Newtonian.

Great with a dSLR though.
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