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Newbie to Astroimaging

PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:11 pm
by Jeans1968
Hi had a real interest in the night sky for many many years but never really had the time to do it, now 40 years later I have the time, so have purchased myself the Meade LX 85 ACF GOTO EQ Mount with 8”OTA , so soon arrival, but my main interest for the night sky is just not visual viewing but Astroimaging ( wanting to take pics of what I have seen) . Need major help with a budget camera , ( heard DSLR) are good , what set-up needed and then exposure and then how to produce end product , and any other tips for beginner Astroimaging,any help much appreciated. Thanks

Re: Newbie to Astroimaging

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:10 am
by carastro
That's a great scope, and suitable for Observing, short exposure imaging and Moon and planets (good for planets), however less good for long exposure imaging. You will need to purchase a wedge for it so it can follow the rotation of the Earth without getting field rotation due to the way an Alt/Az mount tracks.

With the new CMOS chips now on the market you would do better to get one of the ASI ZWO cameras if you want to do Deep sky imaging as you can get a decent image in half an hour or so. A DSLR is easier to use for a beginner especially also being in full colour, but the exposures needed will be much longer. Maybe in your case as a beginner a colour ASI ZWO cooled camera would be the way to go. Bit more expensive than a DSLR but a better buy.