I am new member and absolutely beginner amateur astrophotographer. So far I have used Nikon P900 to do my first catch ups on Jupiter and Saturn. I have improved a bit but I don't think so I can do much more on it.
imgur.com/uc3ztqz this one is from yesterday, stacked from avi with AutoStakker 3 and a bit adjusted.
Now I am preparing to buy my first scope and more I read or watch, more I feel lost.
I have watched tons of tutorials and howtos on YT (for example AstroBackyard or AstroBiscuit). I think I am on point to decide between refractor or Schmidt-Cassegrain build. I know 1st one will be more suitable for DSO, 2nd for planets (I don't want to give up on planets, but I want to have an option to take photos of nebulas and galaxies as well).
I am not sure I should go with DSLR or something like ZWO ASI 290. DSLR like D60 or D1000 seems to be more universal but I know there could be some issues to catch prime focus, but it is possible to solve it with additional barlow lens or reducer/corrector afaik. But this is secondary problem at the moment.
I think like for begging 6-8 inches Celestron AVX or 72-80 refractor SkyWatcher EvoStar ED probably will be something worth of consider but a price with whole accessories is still high. Maybe bigger but cheaper StarTravel 120mm?
To simplify (or make things even more complicated, not sure) what will disappoint me more? Planets on 72-80 refractors or DSO on 6-8 inches Celestrons AVX? And what if I will go with budget StarTravel series and cheaper goto mount?
Initially I thought about 9 1/4 Celestron or 100mm-120mm SkyWatcher EvoStar ED but it will be definitely too expensive, especially with goto mount and I think too "advanced" for beginner.
I look to find something suitable for me. Best possible balance between planets and DSO astrophotography equipment in lowest possible price with minimum impact on quality. Sound like something that doesn't exist I know
If I would know that 72-80 mm refractors EvoStar ED series or save money on 120mm StarTravel can give me decent planets photos (in case of StarTravel decent DSO as well as I am not even sure how big difference is between it and Evo) I think I would go this way as it seems to be less complicated and better for DSO photography, which is giving more space to explore. But as I said, I don't want to give up on planets at this point.
After I will make decision between this two constructions and find an answer it is worth paying more between 6 and 8 inches or between 120mm StarTravel and 80-100mms EVOs I will start think about cam and goto mount which will handle eventual upgrade in future.
Sorry for language and looong, probably complicated post but any advices of experienced users are more than welcome.
ps. If it wasn't complicated enough an option which I consider as well is refractor for DSO and some second hand, cheap, oldie Newtonian for planets