New to the forum, and new to my recently acquired Meade DS-125AT, which from what I understand was the Brookstone model of the Altazimuth Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescopes.
What is the consensus on this scope? anyone own one/have advice for a noob like me?
Just picked it up this afternoon and was hoping for a clear night for the full moon. Unfortunately though mother nature was not so kind. Overcast up here in CT
The scope was purchased as a gift for my grandfather 6 or 7 years ago, it sat in their home and has collected dust ever since, until I decided to rescue it and point it upwards once again.
The scope has a few issues with it. the L-bracked arm is pulling away from the gearbox causing the whole scope to tilt a few degrees, puled it apart and tightened everything back up, still tilting, I figure its just from sitting on the tripod for years.
Two of the viewfinder screws have been snapped off, no idea how or why that happened, but it doesn't seem to hinder the operation of the scope (I was able to aligned both the 25mm viewfinder and main scope.
I am looking to do some astrophotography, I've been a traditional photog/videog for a few years now and have done everything from underwater to GoPros on the tip of aircraft. Figure I could scratch my stargazer itch and photog obsession in one go
How do I go about attaching my Canon 5DMkII body to this essentially giant lens? can someone point me towards an adapter?
My main confusion is eyepieces. Where do I begin? What brand/size/style? I believe this scope accepts .965 and from what I hear thats not the industry standard. Most amateur scopes support 1.25 barrels yes?
If I were to do shots of say, the moon, what eyepiece would I use?
and i'm assuming if I invest in high quality eyepieces, I can take these to say a better scope in the future?
Sorry for my noob questions, figure I would go to the forums and ask experienced stargazers.
Thanks all, I look forward to your responses