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Old 16-12-2019, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Startrek View Post
I started with a Canon T3i or 600D nearly 4 years ago and still use it
It does a great job imaging planets and the moon
You should be able to pick one ( body only) up for under $600 and all you need is a T ring and adapter so it can be inserted into your focuser ( you do need a 2 focuser in your telescope )
Later when you have more experience, you can upgrade to a tracking Goto mount like a HEQ5 and use BYEOS software to capture your images with the same camera Canon T3i or 600D via a laptop near the mount ( BYEOS was developed by fellow Canadian Guylain Roche )
Recommend you watch YouTube videos of Trevor Jones from Astrobackyard ( another fellow Canadian ) who demonstrates how to use a DSLR for astrophotography
This is great advice for future proofing & giving yourself options later on down the track

Originally Posted by ChrisV View Post
Take this all with a grain of salt as I'm a planetary failure.

Sounds like you might want one of those small sensor fast usb3 cameras - I don't know which would be best.

I'd be concerned that you
- don't have a motorised go-to mount. That might make it difficult.
- Also you'll want a longer focal length than 900mm - a x2 or more Barlow or powermate? But I suppose it all depends on how good the optics are on your custom scope?
I'd find it hard to disagree with this comment too

Originally Posted by Nikolas View Post
zwo 224mc or 290 mc would work for planetary quite well as they both have very fast shutter rates
For what it is worth, I use a 224mc for planetary work & a DSLR for Deep Sky stuff so, good advice here too...

All of the above is good advice Alan, just depends what exactly you want to achieve in the end... & how deep your pockets might be in the future...

Whilst taken on tracking mounts, through totally different scope to yours, I've added what I think are two pretty reasonable examples of what you might achieve... note, they are captured using video, stacked in Autostakkert & sharpened in Registax.. they are not, single shot exposures.

I'm sure others could provide considerably better examples...
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