The Cheapest Astrophotography Setup

Want to get into astrophotography but the cost of all the gear is holding you back? This post should help. I’ll be going through my cheap, beginners widefield setup for astrophotography. I hesitate to use the word cheap because astrophotography is expensive, which is why I’ll include prices.

The Ultimate Guide to Astrophotography Power

I think power is a topic that’s often over looked and not something you see spoken about very much in this hobby. Maybe that’s because it’s obvious, but like everything in astrophotography, I think it’s anything but obvious because there are multiple ways to approach this.

In this post I’m going to break down how I power my gear at home and then explain other options that are available to you.

Sky-Watcher EvoGuide 50ED & ZWO ASI120MM Mini Review

The Sky-Watcher EvoGuide 50ED and ZWO ASI120MM Mini auto guiding bundle is a popular choice among astrophotographers. Not only is the price reasonable, but the quality of the guide scope and camera are second to none. As a 2-inch refractor with FPL53 glass, the EvoGuide 50ED could also double as an astrophotography telescope if you purchased the dedicated field flattener to give that nice flat field from corner to corner! I’ve been using this guide scope and camera since Summer 2020 so I thought it was time to let you know my thoughts on this auto guiding bundle.

Optolong L-eXtreme Narrowband Filter Review

The Optolong L-eXtreme filter has narrow 7nm band passes in the Hydrogen alpha (Ha) and Oxygen III (OIII) lines, unlike the older Optolong L-eNhance, which also has a band pass at the Hydrogen beta (Hb) line. The Optolong L-eXtreme will block out that extra bit of light pollution by omitting the Hb line, while retaining all the detail from emission nebulae by capturing the targets in Ha and OIII.