Originally Posted by jet486
Alchemy, sorry for the delay but I've just check both GM8 and G11 (Losmandy) but these mounts are well above my $2600Aud. I'm still interested in either the Meade LXD75 8 or 10 inch models. Is there any other scope that you could suggest at this price range for the primary use in Astrophotography. Your help will be much appreciated. Cheers
The white LXD mount is basically a Meade badged EQ5 mount with the Autostar GoTo setup.
I own the Skywatcher equivalent...
...it can be picked up for approx $1149 around the traps leaving around $1450 of your budget for scope etc.
I have an ED80 and guidescope + camera etc on this mount which I feel is close to the limit that the mount can cope with for astrophotography. Here's a pic without guidescope...
A 10" scope on an EQ5 type mount will not serve you well for a developing interest in astrophotography in my opinion, just too heavy even before you start adding equipment necessary for guiding etc, which believe me will be wanted/needed as you grow into the hobby.
An 8" reflector is probably the best trade off in terms of visual v's photography on an EQ5.
But, in my experience the ED80 refractor + accessories is as heavy as I would put on the mount for astrophotography.
Goes without saying (but I'll say it!!) that if you want to use an 8 or 10" scope for serious imaging work down the line, you'll need a heavy duty mount like an EQ6 to handle the load.
All the best
ps...I used to own a Celestron 8" SCT on an EQ5 mount - great scope, loved it for visual stuff. Never used it for imaging, at f10 you would need a focal reducer to bring the focal ratio down to f6.3 for photography - this will shorten your exposure times, necessary for minimising the effects of tracking errors until you get into autoguiding! But that's another story!!!