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Poor Student looking to get into astrophtotography

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Poor Student looking to get into astrophtotography

Postby rzickjr on Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:10 pm

Hi, I am interested in getting into astrophotography. I have a canon rebel xti and would like to find an affordable beginner telescope to start off with. I am not sure what kind of telescope would be best, though I understand that whatever telescope I get I should have a motorized equatorial mount. Could someone recommend a package to start out with? I am hoping to start off between $300 and $500.

Postby Jne_K on Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:48 am


Least expensive option I can offer is a Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ, plus a motor drive, 93514. That plus a t-adapter, such as the 93625 and a t-ring, 93419 will get you started.

For a computerized scope with all the basic mount features for long exposure astrophootgraphy, the minimum would be the Celestron Nexstar 4SE or a Meade ETX-90. These offer built-in wedges to give you equtorial tracking. Without that feature, you are limited to short exposures of the moon and planets.
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