posted on Oct, 13 2011 @ 03:01 PM
Hope this can help some of you:
'Any' telescope is better than none at all, but you do get what you pay for. Also consider the fact that quality second hand is always going to be
better than brand new rubbish.
Forget all the 'zoom' and 'magnification' chatter, you need the biggest aperture you can get!
Thats the big hole at the front where all the light comes in, eyepieces for larger magnifications can come eventually and by then youll know what you
really need by then?
Astrophotography can be as difficult or as simple as you make it, same goes for expense.
From holding a camera by hand to the eyepiece, to proper made mounts to do that, the magic ingredient is PRACTICE & Experience nothing more!
A simple motor operated mount can be thrown together to do simple long interval pics and video, oh did I mention that you can also get much better
pics than you thought? By taking a section of video into a 'stacking' program, it will separate it into pics and stack them on top of each other.
That brings out much better detail and colour than you though you could ever manage!
Its all about photons.....and they dont care how you look at them!
So a crappy collection of photons over 10 mins say, is nothing next to a pic with them all stacked neatly into a single pic.....believe me....its
simple at this stage!
Of course there can be much more to it all, but at this stage you dont really need all that just to enjoy yourself for an evening.
You dont have a fancy night vision camcorder?????
Thats ok, I bet you didnt know you could use a bog standard webcam taped onto a tube and then onto the camera! Thats right....its that simple!
You can do some research and get into this in a big way if you like, but for now you can certainly enjoy the cosmos without flogging off your wordly
goods. As I said, just keep it simple for now and see what happens?