EricTheAstroJunkie

Lives in United States Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Works as a Cell Therapy Technologist
Has a website at www.utahastrophotography.com
Joined on Sep 30, 2018
About me:

Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine researcher by day and a wanderer astrophotographer by night. Spent the last 6 years obsessed with astrophotography, an expensive addiction for sure.

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/gp/75706432@N02/73g0tR
Instagram: @utahastrophotography

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On article Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope (231 comments in total)
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Spectro: Deep Space (DS) photography ain't easy, actually very time consuming and lots of equipment and skill. But seem like we got a lot of experts here. Looking at the flickr group most to the best images are using a ccd sensor from 1k-6k. Big 1k+ telescope, tracking mount that are over 1k+. Even saw on youtube some guy with a laptop using it to track and stack all the images. It ain't that easy, but many of different way to do it also. Grant this product has a tiny sensor and is overprice, could be useful for education as a all in 1 device. If the price drop, yes.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/astro_photography/

Here's a picture of Andromeda I did with a $450 telescope, a $400 Nikon D7000, and a tracking mount I spent $750 on. Altogether the setup I used to create this image cost me less than $2k (including the peripherals like guidescope/camera, software, and other equipment):
https://flic.kr/p/WNGxJ6

Feel free to browse through my flickr page with lots of DSO images created with sub-$500 cameras on an AT65EDQ scope that I just sold for $450. If you think you need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to get high quality DSO images then you need to do more research.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 21:37 UTC
On article Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope (231 comments in total)

Awful, absolutely miserable piece of equipment that is so far overpriced it's inconceivable anybody other than rich playboys would buy this for their rooftop dinner parties. My full telescope setup, including tracking mount, WO GT81 + Focal Reducer/Flattener, ASi183mm Pro cooled camera, and peripherals cost far less than this does. The author of the article either has zero experience with astronomy/astrophotography (and any related gear) or is a shill for the product, given the price, weight, and resulting quality I would give this (at best) 1 star out of 5. Only reason it even gets 1 is purely from a design and software integration standpoint. From a technological standpoint this thing is more than 10 years out of date in all aspects, the gear itself (camera, "scope", tracker, etc) is decades old.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 18:55 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope (231 comments in total)
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toughluck: I'd pay $100 for an app that would control a standard star tracker on an equatorial mount and would point the optics at an object from a catalogue.

You don't have to pay anything, there are PLENTY of apps and software that do this for various EQ mounts for free, Stellarium is the most obvious and most readily available.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 18:49 UTC
On article Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope (231 comments in total)
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SandySandy: Pros:
Very interesting and impressive design

Cons:
Grossly over sized
Grossly over-weight
Terribly tiny sensor
Terribly low resolution
No built-in battery despite the huge size
Pricing is just ludicrous
Mediocre and below average specs

gfrensen, actually no, the specs for what you get are absolutely abysmal. $4k can buy you a lot of very good astro equipment that will produces results that are exponentially greater than what this will produce. This is complete junk being peddled to fat wallet morons who know nothing about astronomy, astrophotography, and the equipment used for either. You'd have to be a complete sucker incapable of doing even a modicum of research to buy this thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 18:42 UTC
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