By Dave Fuller on 1/18/2013 11:04 PM

Back in the mid 1990's, I did a LOT of reading to determine what the best telescope would be for me.  At the time, I decided an 8" Schmidt Cassegrain would be ideal: It seemed to offer the best blend of portability, ease of use, and options for astrophotography.  Around that same time, I also bought a Ricoh SLR (film - digital didn't exist in that format yet).  My "through the scope" shots were mostly pathetic and a large waste of film - which was not cheap to buy and print that many pictures to get so few results!  The camera wound up getting used piggyback style, and finally only for regular photography... until digital point and shoots came along.  And the scope?  Used less and less for a variety of reasons, and finally sold a few years ago.

But many of us who do visual astronomy also wish to capture and share what we see.  And delving into astrophotography again has never really left me.  I've dabbled with afocal stuff, and given how forgiving the software is on my smartphone (an HTC Inspire), it has made is simple for me to grab decent shots of the Moon and planets.  And the beauty of digital is taking 20 or 30 shots doesn't burn film - so I'd shoot away, find the best 1 or 2 photos, and discard the rest.

None of that is to say that I've forgotten about the real deal: Through the scope astrophotography.  I had looked at the digital offerings out there, and always felt like... 

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