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I was surprised by the quality from such a small scope too. I have always thought I'd need a 300mm aperture scope, at least, to get any photos so nice of galaxies so far away.


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Beautiful shots Gabe !
Love them mate.
So good to see you post again. (Not that I can talk )

Paul you'd be so surprised what can be captured even with a standard dslr+lens.
Basically a lens is a mini telescope as you know.
It's all about the FOV, field of view, of the object.
For example, The Andromeda Galaxy is huge so even a regular lens can be used to capture it.
Obviously though the ability of the photographer is what makes all the difference.
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I was surprised by the quality from such a small scope too. I have always thought I'd need a 300mm aperture scope, at least, to get any photos so nice of galaxies so far away.
I agree, I'm pretty surprised at the fact that there's any detail at all in those galaxies in pic 1 considering that's less than 10 minutes of exposure time, and they're 35 million light years away!
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I'll be the first to say my ability to do astro-photography exists in my mind, only. I have never even tried to do it. I would need to get out of town and have clear skies, my tripod and a whole lot of time to even see if I could do it at all.
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I was answering RB Astro's comment about just using a camera to take these photos. I do have a decent Canon DSLR and a good tripod. I suspect I could possibly get some photos of nebulae, but nothing as good as the disk spiral galaxies you got with your telescope.
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Andrew I didn't even see your reply! Thanks so much man
You're welcome Gabe, no problem.
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Also agree that using a laser is great to line up scopes.

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I was answering RB Astro's comment about just using a camera to take these photos. I do have a decent Canon DSLR and a good tripod. I suspect I could possibly get some photos of nebulae, but nothing as good as the disk spiral galaxies you got with your telescope.
Like any challenging hobby Paul, you have to start off with small steps.
As you grow from the trials you learn and improve.
I don't know if you've seen a thread I posted a while back now about not necessarily needing a big telescope to take good pics.
As you mentioned an aperture of around 300mm, have a look at what I took using a DSLR with 135mm lens on a mount.
It was 2 hours worth of exposure in Scorpius.
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Like any challenging hobby Paul, you have to start off with small steps.
As you grow from the trials you learn and improve.
I don't know if you've seen a thread I posted a while back now about not necessarily needing a big telescope to take good pics.
As you mentioned an aperture of around 300mm, have a look at what I took using a DSLR with 135mm lens on a mount.
It was 2 hours worth of exposure in Scorpius.
Wish our eyes could see colour at night.

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I don't have a telephoto lens for my camera, much less a tracking mount. I was hoping to get by with a standard 35mm lens used for maybe a minute. If it will take more, I'll have to put that idea on hold.
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I don't have a telephoto lens for my camera, much less a tracking mount. I was hoping to get by with a standard 35mm lens used for maybe a minute. If it will take more, I'll have to put that idea on hold.
Hey that's perfect! Untracked widefield photography is what I started in. Take several exposures as long exposures, limited to about 15 seconds to avoid star trails. You can stack your exposures to further increase detail and reduce noise, you can get some pretty awesome images that way.

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Thanks for the advice, Gabe. I will try it once it warms up a little more at night when I can get a clear sky out of town.
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