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Astrophotography basics

Postby Guest on Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:32 pm


I'm looking to buy a telescope and adapter for my boyfriend's Canon Rebel xsi. I'd like to keep the price range below $250, as I know he loves photography and astronomy, but I'm not quite sure if this will be something he'll stick with.

I'm completely out of my element here. What telescopes should I be looking at, and do I need to buy a separate adapter or mount?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

Postby Jne_K on Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:47 pm


Be very careful if you are shopping for such a telescope, since you can mount a camera to any telescope, but that does not make the telescope suitable for serious astrophotography, despite what the advertising claims.

If you really want a telescope that can be used to do astrophotgraphy with all types of objects, not just limited shots of the moon, you will need a scope that offers equatorial tracking with a motor drive. The least expensive setup I can recommend for astrophography would be a Celestron Astromaster equatorial, such as the Astromaster 130, but you will still need to add a drive motor, 93514, then add the right camera adapters. For that combo, use a t-adapter, such as the Meade 07356, plus a t-ring 93419 for an EOS
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