It might be interesting with which equipment all these pictures are capured. So, lets have a look at some
The mount takes the pictures! Sounds weird, but if your mount is weak, no big telescope or camera
can help. So, have a look that your mount is a bit oversized.
Have a look at other astrophotographers setup! Who has a compareable imaging site, same budget?
A good way might be, to take a step back at the telscopes and cameras size and take care of getting
everything stable and reproduceable.
I want to give you a short overview of what I used in the past and what is my actual setup.
I started with the club’s mount and telescope, which were an “Alt AD6”-mount and a “Lichtenknecker
flatfield camera”, also called “FFC” with 6” f/3.5. Guiding was done with a little refractor and a Meade
I started using a DSLR and after a few months, I switched to a Mono-CCD.
One year later I got the chance to move to my “own” place at the observatory and a friend borrowed
me his WAM 650move mount. Also, the telescope changed to a 5” f/5 Newtionian by Skywatcher. I
pimped the mount with a telescope drive master and that setup was quite stable and I had a lot of fun
In summer 2013, I decided to build an observatory together with my friend Günter Kerschhuber. I had
the wish to run that remotely and for that, I wanted to buy a new, ultimate mount.
So I bought a ASA DDM60pro mount, which is produced by the Austrian manufacturer ASA (Astro
systems Austria). This was the point of matter for me, because I can talk to them in German and the
company is only a few miles away from my hometown.
On this mount, I actually run two telescopes simultaneously: a 10” f/4 Newtonian with a SBIG
ST2000XM for luminance and a 5” f/5 Newtonian for the RGB frames (Starlight express SXV-H9
camera). So I can do luminance and RGB simultaneously and double my exposure time – this is a