So you are looking to get into astrophotography, and you want to take images of the planets and stars. The first thing you have to realize is that when you are just starting out you will not get those professional looking photos you see everywhere. But you can however get started on the cheaper side of things to see if it’s something you really want to pursue. You’re always going to want a bigger and better scope and always want a bigger and better camera, so just start with what you have and work your way up and advance your skill set at the same time.
I recently purchased the Celestron 127eq Powerseeker, I’ll do a review on that later. I would suggest starting with something like this or better yet the Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope, because it can be less of a barrier to entry. And if you already have a smartphone (I have an iPhone) you only need one more piece to get started. That is a mount for putting your phone’s camera in line with the eyepiece on the scope. After that, all you need is a clear night and a Windows computer for the post processing. The windows computer is completely optional but if you want to “stack” your images to create one great image you will eventually need this. My point is, you don’t need the most expensive things out there to get started with Astro imaging. Just go with some cheap things, get out there and start looking into the sky get images of all the planets that you are able to see, don’t focus on the things that you cannot see or do, if you stick with this you will eventually get the equipment needed to take those types of images. When I first purchased the 127eq I thought I made a mistake but then I realized I have to get started somewhere with it. So I will continue to use my current setup until I can afford the setup that I really would love to have and just enjoy what I have for now.
Take the time using this sub-par equipment to generate a workflow of taking images, learning how the earth’s rotation fits into all of this and why it’s important for imaging. There is a plethora of information out there so be careful to not get overwhelmed with it. One step at a time and most of all just enjoy it.
Once I upgrade my equipment I will post what I get and post my results with it here on this site. So to keep up be sure to subscribe, and hopefully, what I choose to use can help you decide on the equipment you want to get.