Many people like to think that astrophotography is difficult. In actuality, things aren’t as complicated as they seem at first glance. You will require some equipment, of course, such as a camera, various lenses, reflecting telescopes, as well as a camera tripod, a mount, and a variety of other items.
I don’t want to burst your bubble, but the first thing you should do is learn as much as you can about your digital camera and your telescope. As you might have figured it out by now, you will have to utilize the two. You’ll also have to learn how to focus properly, understand what the correct exposure is, and select the perfect settings for the circumstance.
Therefore, the first piece of advice I can give you is to read the manual. This suggestion applies both for your camera and for your telescope. You will have to study some astronomy. Luckily, there are many online resources and forums you can turn to, which is to say that the community is amazing and there are many folks who will give you a hand if you don’t know what to make out of the instructions you’ve received with your equipment.
Something I would like to point out right off the bat is that you always get what you pay for. If you’re focused on getting cheap equipment, it’s very likely that you will be disappointed with the quality of the shots you will take. I’ve tried loads of gear over time, and I can tell you that sometimes, it pays off to wait for some time before making an investment. Don’t just hurry up and get the most affordable telescope or camera because honestly, they won’t do you any good.
Consider investing your money in a remote release, as well. It’s a practical item that you will require if you want to make sure that your photos are perfectly steady. Some remotes are more advanced than others, which is to say that they will allow you to program them and set the right number of long exposures.
Additionally, you will require a T-mount adapter in order to connect your telescope to your camera. Most such adapters are budget-friendly, which is why I personally do not recommend holding your camera and lens up to the telescope eyepiece. There is no way of telling that your hand isn’t shaking, so your shots will probably be just a little unclear.
In the end, I want to emphasize that the role your research has to play in all of this is essential. You need to make sure that every expense is guided by your ultimate goal and that you learn astrophotography step by step. Do not feel disappointed if you don’t understand everything right from the beginning.