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You have a DLSR or you gonna be using a webcam?

I have a Fujifilm X-E1 I use for normal photography. It has stunning low-light performance so I'm quite eager to see how it fares when pointing upwards.
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I'd look at a 6" newtonian if you just want something really cheap to put on an equatorial until you can upgrade, that will have plenty of aperture for planets and under dark skies will let you see a fair bit more on the bright globular clusters and most of the messier objects.

Not all newts are built the same, most common newts won't accept a camera because there isn't enough inward focus to hit the imaging plane. In short words, the focuser is too thick. You need to look into a imaging newt w/ a low profile focuser installed already OR get a cheap newt and add a $300-400 focuser on it.

This was designed for AP and is dirt cheap
https://www.astronomics.com/astro-tech-6-inch-imaging-newtonian-optical-tube_p18868.aspx

You WILL need a baader MPCC to correct the coma (star shape) in the corners, these run about $150 is kinda hard to get right now or so I'd heard. A EG5 should pretty decent with that OTA if balance is spot on and you don't use a another telescope for guiding in the future. Look into a Orion mini auto guider package for $350. The key is to keep weight down and balance in tune.
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Single frames, 20 and 25s exposures at f2.8.
Tonight will take multiple with darks, flats and bias to stack.


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Awesome quality, cameras and telescopes. Just awesome! thumb.gif
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Here is a better attempt at some AP. using 50mm @ f1.8, 3200ISO and 4s exposures shooting the LMC. After a quick stack and processing I ended up with this smile.gif

Now time to improve it.


EDIT: A better processed version smile.gif

Edited by ErOR - 3/13/13 at 3:45am
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It's Official!! Keep the tips, pictures, and equipment stats coming! Most of my photography as of late has been strictly automotive, as I'm recording my progress as I restore and repair several of my vehicles.

If the clouds die down tonight, I'm going to try to get Saturn and it's rings. Saturn and Jupiter are such a joy to shoot, at 800mm focal length, you can see the color contrast of Jupiter, as well as 4 moons, and the rings of Saturn.
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Awesome!

Well looks like it's gonna be another good night here so I'm excited to do some astrophotography biggrin.gif

@VaiFanatic: You mind posting up some pics of Saturn? I'm keen to see how much is seen at 800mm FL.
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Awesome!

Well looks like it's gonna be another good night here so I'm excited to do some astrophotography biggrin.gif

@VaiFanatic: You mind posting up some pics of Saturn? I'm keen to see how much is seen at 800mm FL.

Certainly! It's still a little cloudy out, but I've got about 4 hours before Saturn is in a really good spot in the sky. I'm situated in a smaller valley, and I don't have a car I can drive to somewhere more open (at 2AM, driving around here gets you pulled over just for being out so you can be interrogated, it's happened to my friends).

We'll see! Might try for the moon and Jupiter.
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Looks like I won't be getting anything tonight. Things looked like there were clearing up, then suddenly the sky is filled with clouds mad.gif

Maybe tomorrow!
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Looks like I won't be getting anything tonight. Things looked like there were clearing up, then suddenly the sky is filled with clouds mad.gif

Maybe tomorrow!

Its getting like that here too frown.gif

Well ill be in a dark spot till 1am tonight so hopefully things clear up smile.gif
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