Gazing up at the night skies on a clear night is something humans have been doing since the dawn of time.
No longer do we pay homage to the gods in the skies, instead we have begun taking fantastic photos of those burning balls of gas.
Astrophotography is a fast growing, popular pursuit all around the world; it’s fun and it’s becoming super trendy.
Unfortunately it can also be very expensive, buying all the equipment, the telescope, the mount, the lens, accessories, the camera, the software for processing the images and on and on, especially if you don’t make good choices.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to cost much at all to get fantastic astrophotography images of distant objects such as galaxies and nebulae.
So what type of telescope is best for a someone who wants to get into Astrophotography, Dobsonian or Dobson Telescopes, Newtonian or Newton Telescopes, Refractor Telescopes, how about Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes, Ritchey-Chretien Telescopes.
There’s just so many types of telescopes, mounts and cameras to choose from and such a vast price range.
Here's some Tips for Buying Your First Telescope for Astrophotography
- Dobson Telescopes are a super cheap, excellent way to observe the deep skies, but they are manually controlled mounts, which makes them great for Astronomy; terrible for Astrophotography.
- Newton Telescopes make it easier to track distant objects because of their superior mounts, they can make a decent Astrophotography telescope for beginner to intermediates.
- Refractor Telescopes, shorter focal length and glass make them cheap, and when paired with the right camera, perfect for someone starting out in Astrophotography. This is the ideal choice for getting started with wonderful images.
- Schmidt-Cassegrain are expensive and take excellent images if used correctly, but they take some experience and for that reason are better suited to intermediate and above.
- Ritchey-Chretien telescopes are a varient of the original Schmidt-Cassegrain design and are also suited to intermediate or higher experienced Astrophotographers.