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#1 hornybluecow

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:55 AM

I have a quick question for your OCCers.

 

A: Whats a good telescope brand to look at stars?

 

B: What ones can attach a SLR camera to it?

 

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

No clue. I have a cheap one that i just hold my slr up to and mess with. haven't really got any good results yet.

Make sure and get one that lets in as much light as possible because even if it looks bright to your eye your camera will struggle.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:12 AM

Price? You would need an eyepiece with an adaptor, and a lens piece that is adapted for the eyepiece thing! Unless you want to go CCD or whatever

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

I would like to keep it  $0-2,000. I found if you aren't gonna be playing around either go big or go home. I was looking at some that had star trackers on it but they are like 20k :(
 
I got a few test pictures but I didn't have a telescope and the city glow made the exposure hard.
 
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:28 AM

I would like to keep it $0-2,000. I found if you aren't gonna be playing around either go big or go home. I was looking at some that had star trackers on it but they are like 20k :(

I got a few test pictures but I didn't have a telescope and the city glow made the exposure hard.


Hmm Orion, Meade and Celestron were good companies back in 2006. You find the eyepiece mount and SLR adaptor? Meh you just need a motorized mount and some software on a laptop

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

I was looking at B&H for eyepeices http://www.bhphotovi...85/N/4100994423

 

edit: Found an adapter , $16  for a 55mm DC ring, I think I can connect it to the front of the Lens like a normal filter.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

Might want something like this too - http://www.telescope...faxisguider.cfm

This site seems alright since it's American

I don't know much about eyepieces, this a comprehensive read though - http://www.universet...scope-eyepiece/

The companies I mentioned make decent eyepieces!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

Thanks for the link! Yeah I know very little about telescopes, I only used one of the big ones in my astronomy class. So all and any help is great. I'm using a Canon 5D Mark 2

 

I found the Telescope I was using in that class


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Thanks for the link! Yeah I know very little about telescopes, I only used one of the big ones in my astronomy class. So all and any help is great. I'm using a Canon 5D Mark 2.

If only you asked years ago! Still have some old magazines :D

http://www.telescope...pewithuhtc1.cfm
http://www.telescope...intelescope.cfm
http://www.telescope...intelescope.cfm
http://www.telescope...pewithuhtc1.cfm

Hmm
http://www.telescope...technology1.cfm
http://www.telescope...ctelescope1.cfm

These kind of telescopes always attracted my attention because of their large lens size but..
http://www.telescope...antelescope.cfm

Read reviews and check out Celestron too! Others

http://www.telescope...twithtripod.cfm
http://www.telescope...matepackage.cfm
http://www.telescope...intelescope.cfm

You took those pictures without a telescope????

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

Ohh even more links! thanks. Yeah Those are some of test shots i took. Thats when I realized I needed a telescope to get something better. I ended up get getting a moon bow in the first one, pure luck because I couldn't see it in the sky.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

Can never have enough links... Except when they're broken. Lol those are good photos! If ya don't like those companies you can look at Tele Viu or whatever they're called products!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:18 PM

For a beginner. I would choose an 80mm refractor telescope. You will be suprised what you can see with a small apature scope.

This is a little expensive. but it will be excelent for astro photography. Orion ED80T CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope. $899.99

 

For your mount. I would start off with the Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial GoTo Telescope Mount. Was $849.99 Now $722.49 Hey! Sales are great!

 

Eye pieces. Please do not go cheap! You will get a poor view of the night sky. The eye pieces are on the way expensive side for the beginner. But I do have some lower end as well. I do use all of my lenses during the year.

I myself do not do astro photography. I tried. I did the afocal way. Just couldn't keep up with the extra parts and so on. So I just look through them. I'm into see it now. Instead of later.

Tele Vue lenses are great.

Meade lenses are as well

 

High power for plannets and splitting double and tripple stars. But you can over power, and get crappy views. So keep that in mind.

Lower and mid power for Nebulas and star clusters. And the Moon. Try to avoid full Moon without filters. To bright!

 

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