The Best Astrophotography Setups for Beginners

The Best Astrophotography Setups for Beginners

If you're looking for the best and most affordable way to dive into the world of planetary and deep sky imaging, then these Astrophotography Telescope Setups are just what you need! Their versatility will give you the capability to capture night-sky objects such as nebulae, galaxies, planets, the moon and more...while staying affordable and accessible to all amateur astronomers. These setups were carefully selected to give you the options of using a DSLR Camera, or a Telescope Camera so that you can go beyond Milky Way photography and capture celestial objects you've only dreamed of!

 

IDEAL FOR LUNAR & PLANETARY IMAGING: 

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Meade StarNavigator Next Generation 125mm Maksutov

The Meade StarNavigator is a powerful beginner telescope, yet remains easy-to-operate and affordable. This telescope comes equipped with the Meade AudioStar computerized controller, making it easy to find and track any of the 30,000 celestial objects found in its database... some of which you will be able to capture!

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ZWO ASI 224 Color CMOS Telescope Camera

As one of the best color planetary imaging cameras currently available in this price range, the ZWO ASI 224 Color CMOS Camera features a high sensitivity in NIR (Near Infrared) and the possibility for high frame rates, making this CMOS camera an excellent choice for beginner planetary imagers who want nothing but the highest quality.

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TPO 2.5X APO Barlow Lens

This Barlow Lens will produce 2.5x magnifying power for your imaging system so you can get a closer view on the object you want to image.

 

 

IDEAL FOR WIDE-FIELD IMAGING USING A DSLR CAMERA: 

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iOptron SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount- Full Package

The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a top-notch camera tracker and camera mount that boasts high portability and high effectiveness. This Mount is small enough to fit in your hand, precise enough to track any target virtually silent in operation, and totally rechargeable. The DEC mounting bracket of this camera mount makes it possible to balance a  heavy camera with a hefty lens, and even grants the potential to mount a light telescope such as the William Optics Zenith Star featured in this setup. 

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William Optics ZenithStar 61 f/6.9 Doublet Refracting OTA Telescope

The William Optics ZenithStar 61mm Doublet APO Refractor is versatile, portable and affordable while still providing incredibly sharp images using your DSLR of choice!

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iOptron 1.5" Tripod for ZEQ25 & SkyGuider Mounts

This highly portable tripod provides solid support for the SkyGuider Pro Mounts, ensuring you maintain optimal stability for quality images.

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William Optics Flattener for Z61

An important accessory to this setup, this William Optics Flattener will provide flat-field correction which will give you pinpoint stars across your entire image.

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Sky-Watcher DSLR M48 Adapters

A DSLR adapter is a necessary component of this setup in order to attach your camera (available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony Cameras. Make sure to select correct one).

 

 

IDEAL FOR PLANETARY AND DEEP SPACE IMAGING USING A DSLR CAMERA: 

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Celestron 8" EdgeHD Advanced VX Telescope

This Telescope was engineered with astroimaging in mind and sets a new standard in beginner to mid-level telescopes on the market today. The Celestron 8" EdgeHD Advanced VX Telescope will allow you to track through long exposures and boasts StarLight XLT coated optics, giving you maximum light across the widest photography spectrum. This Telescope also features GoTo Technology, creating a fully automated experience including locating and tracking objects for you from a database of 40,000+ celestial objects!

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Celestron T-Adapter for 8" EdgeHD

A T-Adapter allows you to attach your DSLR Camera to the prime focus of your telescope.

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Celestron T-Ring for Canon EOS SLR or DSLR Cameras

T-Ring for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras, necessary to attach your Canon EOS Camera to the T-Adapter.

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Celestron Camera T-Ring - Nikon

T-Ring for Nikon DSLR Cameras, necessary to attach your Nikon Camera to the T-Adapter..

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Bower T-Ring for Sony NEX Mount

T-Ring for Sony DSLR Cameras, necessary to attach your Sony Camera to the T-Adapter..