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Offline steves1745

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Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« on: 13:06:52, 03 June, 2015 »
Hello all  

I recently purchased this new Sky-Watcher Star Discovery 150P f/5 goto telescope featuring:

150mm (6") aperture parabolic newtonian reflector..

And have heard it will be good for astro photography.
I am an amateur and wondering if any one could tell me what basic equipment I need to purchase to get some half decent pictures of galaxy's and planets.
Any help will be appreciated.
   

Offline Roger B

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Re: Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« Reply #1 on: 14:06:10, 03 June, 2015 »
Welcome to the forum Steve,

first off this scope will be OK for DSO but the mount is going to be the problem as it's a ALT AZ mount and not a GEM (German Equatorial Mount ) I'm not sure if a wedge can be obtained or made for this mount.   
This is fine for the planets and the moon as you dont need long exposures for those not like galaxys and nebula.     to capture the planets and the moon  a webcam would best suit, something like the old Toucam pro. 

Roger
Scopes - TS65q, W/O 110 Triplet
Mount - EQ6 PRO via  Eqmod,  Rowan belt modded
Cameras - SX694, QSI583WSG,Lodestar Guidecam, GP-Cam, QHY5II.
TS 9mm OAG
Quantum 7x1.25 EFW, Baader LRGB,Ha,OIII,SII Filters 
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SGPro, Pixinsight.

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Offline steves1745

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Re: Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« Reply #2 on: 15:24:37, 03 June, 2015 »
Thank you Rodger.
I am still learning a lot about astronomey.
I will need to invest in a GEM.
Once I have the GEM would you recommend what filters and didgital camera I should invest in? Nothing in excess of say £300.
Looking for any good sites or books that will widen my knowledge in this feild aswell recomendations are welcome.
Regards Steve

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Re: Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« Reply #3 on: 17:23:14, 03 June, 2015 »
Filters,  i would recommend a decent light pollution filter ( if you need one that is )   there are many out there to choose from   Baader / Astronomic / Idas.      As to a camera nearly all begginers begin with a Canon DSLR ( I did and many more on here also started with one)   you can pick up some dirt cheap 350d's on the market for under £100 but the noise and ampglow from these can bee seen in the images but your not wasting much if the bug doesnt bite.

Roger
Scopes - TS65q, W/O 110 Triplet
Mount - EQ6 PRO via  Eqmod,  Rowan belt modded
Cameras - SX694, QSI583WSG,Lodestar Guidecam, GP-Cam, QHY5II.
TS 9mm OAG
Quantum 7x1.25 EFW, Baader LRGB,Ha,OIII,SII Filters 
Quark chromo

SGPro, Pixinsight.

************AND NO TIME TO USE IT************

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Re: Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« Reply #4 on: 06:27:09, 04 June, 2015 »
Hi Steve,

Welcome to UKAI.

Here is a good website that may help you.
http://www.popastro.com/

The 1000D (Canon) is another very good camera.
Have a look on UK Astronomy Buy Sell.

 http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/.

They have lots of stuff.
Paul.
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Losmandy G11-Gemini L4.
Celestron C9.25.
Megrez 80 ED II Triplet.
Orion OMC 140
Altair 115ED F7
Coronado PST
Atik 428EX
Atik EFW 2
QHY5L-II.
Modded Canon 1000D.
IOptron Mini Tower II
CCD Images
http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulabrierley/

Offline steves1745

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Re: Help with Begginer Equipment for astro photography
« Reply #5 on: 13:30:04, 04 June, 2015 »
Thanks for your help Paul I will look in to this site.

Regards Steve

 

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