I never got serious with the astro stuff, but I did look seriously at scopes for a while. I was actually more serious about a decent equatorial mount when the Comets came buy, but way past my budget. On my camping/photo tips into the local hills, I always camped on old logging landings and as high up as I could get so I had a good view of the stars and sunrises. Locally here on the coast we get a lot of foggy or unclear skies. 20 to 30 miles inland and 1500 to 4000 feet and the skies were always clear.My drive is 6-6.5 hours from Lancaster, Pa. to Plainfield, Ma. Peppermint Park. I think 8 days camping is $320. The club gets an additional $60 for the support items like speaker tent rental, propane, coffee, etc.
Not bad for 8 nights.
I have a Celestron C-9.25 on a Losmandy G11 German equatorial mount. The drive system is a Gemini 2.
My imaging setup costs roughly $6000 and has a separate color filter wheel, a fine focused, rotator, and 2 cameras.
I need 44 lbs. of counterweights.
If you can get a campsite, we will be up there from 7/26 to 8/4.
I've never understood the process of digital astro photography and taking tens or dozens of images and stacking them. I understand the reason for filtering, but wouldn't have a clue how that's done for astro photos either.
...........they took my Kodachrome away .....and that's the day, my music died.
I had $3500 or more in my photo equipment. Digital anything just got too expensive because I wanted the equivalent in digital lenses that I had in film lenses. Telescopes became more of a dream.