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Choosing a Star Tracker for Astrophotography

Choosing a Star Tracker for Astrophotography

Updated April 22, 2024 A star tracker is a portable tracking camera mount designed for astrophotography. The device ‘tracks’ the motion of the stars to allow you to take long exposure images of space without star-trailing.  These devices are commonly used with a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and lens, or even a small astronomical telescope. Recent models…

Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro (First Impressions)

Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro (First Impressions)

The Sky-Watcher EQ8-R is an observatory-grade astrophotography mount with a massive 110-pound maximum payload capacity. It comes in two versions, the EQ8-R (the one I have), and the advanced Sky-Watcher EQ8-Rh model with encoders. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a very large package in the mail, the Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro….

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Review

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Review

The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i is an extremely popular portable star tracker designed for astrophotography. It provides a simple way to track the motion of the stars, allowing you to take long-exposure images of the night sky.  It uses AA batteries, making it ultra-portable and travel-friendly. It’s an excellent miniature equatorial tracking mount designed for smaller…

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Review

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Review

The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro is a computerized equatorial telescope mount with GoTo capabilities. This equatorial (EQ) mount is capable of providing precise, accurate tracking of the night sky, and is suitable for long-exposure astrophotography.  The core specifications of this equatorial mount include having a built-in ST-4 autoguider port, a payload capacity of 44 pounds, and…

When to Start Using a Mono Astrophotography Camera

When to Start Using a Mono Astrophotography Camera

A mono astrophotography camera gives backyard imagers in the city the opportunity to collect dynamic LRGB, and narrowband images from home. Although LRGB image acquisition using a filter wheel requires some extra setup time early on, the flexibility of this configuration is appealing. Up to this point, I have not experienced the joys of shooting…