Question about astrophotography #astrophotography

Mike K <tribefan1975@...>

Hello. Always wanted a telescope my whole life and recently jumped into it with an Explore First light 80mm and for now and future a PMC Eight mount. My question is will the telescope be able to accommodate holding DSLR weight and what exactly at minimum is required to couple the 2 pieces of equipment? Camera body is Canon. Thanks for any info!

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering

Hi Mike, 

Welcome to the PMC-Eight forum!!  I appreciate you starting out with Explore Scientific equipment.

Since you are a beginner you are no doubt wanting to learn as much as you can about the hobby and your equipment. The best forum that I have found for beginners to find answers about the hobby and how to use telescopes is the CloudyNights forum. 

The PMC-Eight forum has been established as a specialty equipment forum and as such is really only to be used to discuss the PMC-Eight mounts and control system. Please feel free to ask questions about how to use the mount and your experiences using the mount.

Thanks again for joining us!

Jerry Hubbell
Vice President of Engineering

Explore Scientific, LLC.
jrh at
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762

Author: Scientific Astrophotography: How Amateurs Can Generate and Use Professional Imaging Data
             Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers: Using High-Powered Telescopes From Home

Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Wilderness, VA
: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras:  QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating

Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!