Astro Arash

Gear

I have pretty simple gear.

A lot of great astrophotographers out there have really nice setups. But I thought it’d be easier to get started with a more portable, user friendly, affordable collection of items. Almost everything I have was purchased used.

I started off with the following purchases.

  • Sky Tracker (Sky Watcher Star Adventurer)
  • Canon Rebel T3i DSLR
  • Canon EF 55-250mm Kit Lens

This was a great start for me! I was able to get nice long exposures at telephoto focal lengths, bringing out a lot of detail on the objects I was imaging. Most of my shots starting out were at 250mm using 45” subs.

More recently, I wanted to push my exposure lengths. So I added the following items (used) to my collection.

  • QHY 5II-C Camera
  • SVBONY 130mm f/4 Guide Scope

These allow me to using autoguiding to push my exposure lengths to 2 minutes easily.

Lately, I wanted better optics and started to be unsatisfied with my kit zoom lens. So, I went for a used Canon 200mm f2.8 prime lens. I did sacrifice some focal length, but for significantly more aperture. And I got sharper optics on top of that.

In terms of software tools, there’s a lot of fancy stuff out there, but I’ve stuck to the free basics.

  • Deep Sky Stacker (for DSOs)
  • Autostakkert! (for planetary shots)
  • GIMP
  • Siril

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