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Offline YukonFL

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A portable mount for my DSLR
« on: 21:23:14, 07 December, 2016 »
Hello,

I have been doing wildlife photography for much of this year but have now been put on the third shift. Wishing to continue my photographic journey, I am trying to dive into the astrophotography scene. My goal is to spend time out in dark sites, reacquainting myself with the night sky and sharing it.

I have a Canon DSLR and am in need a mount that is carryable 1/4 - 1/2 mile on foot into dark sites near me. Initially, my research pointed to the Orion Sirius as a great introductory mount. However, a lighter mount would be more ideal. Further research points to purchasing a mount made by Vixen, Celestron, or Ioptron. it would be great to get some personal feedback on these brands. If anyone has any input, please don't hesitate to chime in!

Yukon

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #1 on: 22:19:06, 07 December, 2016 »
Yukon

So are you looking at starting with a DSLR and camera lens? If so you could do a lot worse than a Skywatcher Star Adventurer as long as you stay with lenses at the lighter end. You need a decent tripod to mount it on but it would still be very portable.

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Offline YukonFL

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #2 on: 12:26:59, 08 December, 2016 »
Hey Chris,

Thanks for the welcome! The setup I have right now is a Canon Rebel Xsi with a 75-300mm lens. Do you think skywatcher can hold a focal length that long/heavy?

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #3 on: 12:37:59, 08 December, 2016 »
Yukon

The 75-300 is not THAT heavy (my 70-300L is a LOT heavier). It should be fine. I would use it at 200-250, wide open.

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #4 on: 23:06:45, 11 February, 2017 »
Hey Chris,

Thanks for the welcome! The setup I have right now is a Canon Rebel Xsi with a 75-300mm lens. Do you think skywatcher can hold a focal length that long/heavy?

Yukon

Personally, I would see if you can get a non zoom telephoto of about 200 mm focal length - the weight should be a lot less, the optical path a lot 'cleaner' - and it's likely to be a faster lens too.  Look on ebay, craigslist or other selling sites.

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #5 on: 08:29:24, 12 February, 2017 »
The Skywatcher SA is a very versatile mount. I own one. And still can not believe the quality, when you consider the price.
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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #6 on: 10:40:18, 20 February, 2017 »
Yukon - My Star Adventurer is quite happy holding my TS 65quad (420mm FL) with a DSLR on the end... it's a pretty robust mount so will have no problem at all holding a 300mm lens/DSLR  :thumbup:  Couple that with it's RA guiding capability you'll keep yourself busy for a long time before wanting to upgrade  ;)

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Re: A portable mount for my DSLR
« Reply #7 on: 14:47:29, 24 February, 2017 »
There is a used / pre-loved Star adventurer on ABS at the moment - just come on - http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=123184

No - it's not me thats selling it !!!!  ;-)
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