View Single Post
Old 01-11-2009, 10:17 AM
synthguy (Malcolm)
Malcolm Davis, Canberra,

synthguy is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Canberra
Posts: 6
What's best for an absolute beginner in astro-imaging


What are my best options for a first start in astro-imaging. At the moment, I'm looking at either a Sky Watcher HEQ-5 Pro or a Celestron CGEM Mount, initially using a 102mm ED Apo Refractor at f7. Is it better to use a dedicated CCD camera, a video system such as GSTAR, or a DSLR (which one is best?)?

Further down the track I'd be looking to upgrade the OTA to a Celestron 9.25" SCT, or a Vixen VC-200L VISAC Cassegrain, using the same mount. How would that affect my choices in terms of which is the best astro-imaging approach.

I'd initially be focused on the Moon and planets, to gain some experience, before trying DSOs.

Many thanks,

Reply With Quote