I just bought my first real telescope – the SkyWatcher Evostar 72ED! I have been looking for a beginner astrophotography telescope for a few months (upgrade from a telephoto lens), and the time to choose finally came. There were two deciding factors to determine to pick up a telescope for me: optical quality and weight. The glass quality is crucial for astrophotography, and the weight aspect is even more significant to me because I want to use a telescope on my portable equatorial mount (Fornax Lightrack II). Mobile mounts generally have low load capacity, so every pound matters. So how well the SkyWatcher Evostar 72ED telescope fits my needs? Let’s find out!
Deep-sky astrophotography is not a forgiving hobby for beginners. There is a lot to learn and a lot of sleepless nights to sacrifice if you want to take high-quality astro pictures. But stay calm. With this Astrophotography For Beginners tips compilation, you will become more than ready to shoot your first mindblowing astrophoto!
Last night I did a few shots of the Sadr region and the Andromeda galaxy from my balcony using my new vintage lens, SMC/Super Takumar 200mm F/4. As my balcony is directed to the South and I cannot see the North Star (Polaris) from there, I had to polar align my mount using the drift align method and reduce the exposure time to 120 seconds for Sadr and 60 seconds for Andromeda on 200mm focal length. I have no idea how the final pictures will look like because I will process them while writing this post. So, if you are interested in how my astrophotography post-processing on macOS looks like these days (2018), read on! Plus, it is the first field test of my new astrophotography gear, the SMC/Super Takumar 200mm F/4.