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!
As a beginner, before even buying any photography stuff, I was wondering “what gear do I need for the Milky Way photography”? On the market, you have hundreds of different cameras, the same for lenses. How to choose something and not be disappointed later? Which brands are suitable for astrophotography, and which are not? How to get the best bang for the buck? In this guide, I will show you the basic beginner Milky Way photography gear. [Read more…]