posted on Nov, 29 2013 @ 10:44 PM
reply to post by SolarObserver
Solar, if you haven't already, spend some time learning the names of the bright stars and also how to polar align the scope and you will find you
have a good instrument. Do join a local astronomy club, you will likely get some good pointers! If you haven't worked with an 11in scope like that
before, get used to it a bit before trying photography. Moving around in the dark with expensive optics attached to cables takes a little getting
used to. Adding cameras, a laptop and more cables too soon is asking for trouble.
There's a lot to learn! Take the time to start with the simple stuff first: just observing and piggyback photos. If you try to cut too many
corners, you will probably end up getting very frustrated. The best path I know of is first to observe, then learn piggyback. After that some prime
focus and finally eyepiece projection. An intermediate step worth trying is piggybacking a smaller scope with the camera attached and guiding with
the 11 inch. If you are interested in astro photos, good astro photos require good technique as much as good equipment, merely OK ones are hard
enough they will take some practice. Getting really bad astro photos is pretty easy. The 11 inch scope you are getting is capable of great photos,
shortcomings are going to be (pretty much) all technique and patience.
BTW: you will find that you will probably use the low power eyepieces the most. High power eyepieces work out only on the best nights (dark skies
with very still air and no twinkling stars), there aren't usually many of those.