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Best Astrophotography Telescope Mounts within your budget in 2024

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Are you getting ready to buy a telescope so that you can take images of deep-sky objects? You will need a good reliable mount that can track the sky and allow you to take long exposure shots at any focal length. There are many options out there, and it can be very confusing for a beginner to decide on which mount is best for their astrophotography journey.


Best astrophotography mounts for your budget

In this post, we will discuss our suggestions as to what telescope mount you should get if you are either starting Astrophotography or looking to upgrade your current mount.

The mount is perhaps the most important piece of a full astrophotography setup! Sure, you may think the telescope or the camera is more important than the mount, but without a good mount that can track the motion of the sky accurately, all of your images will have star trails and end up in the trash.


Below, we will tell you what we think are the best telescope mounts to buy for astrophotography. Even if you're reading this because you are about to get your very first telescope, we will not only cover beginner mounts but also advanced equatorial mounts for those of you looking to upgrade.


Let's get started!


Table of Contents

  • Best Astrophotography Mounts Under $1,000

  • Best Astrophotography Mounts Between $1,000 and $3,000

  • Best Astrophotography Mounts Above $3,000

  • Our Recommended Power Supply Batteries for Astrophotography Mounts


 

Best Astrophotography Mounts Under $1,000

ℹ️ The mounts listed below are in the lowest budget range and are considered as "star trackers". These are recommended for owners of very light telescopes or people planning to image with a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and lens.

Mount

Manufacturer

Maximum Payload

Weight

Price

Star Adventurer Pro

Sky-Watcher

11 lb.

3.6 lb.

SkyGuider Pro

iOptron

11 lb.

2.5 lb.

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro


The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro is the most popular star tracker on the market. It is easy to use, very portable, and reliable! It is our favorite tracking mount for widefield astrophotography.

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro for astrophotography

Every few years, Sky-Watcher upgrades this star tracker with new features, so be sure to check what the latest version is by the time you are reading this.


If you have a tight budget, don't forget that you can look for an older version for much cheaper online. We own the very first generation of the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Pro and it tracks perfectly fine!


You can use a small telescope on this star tracker as long as you balance it carefully using the counterweight. Two of our friends use the Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ed with this tracker. You also should ensure that you don't attach any heavy accessories to your telescope. You should be able to get beautiful pictures if your polar alignment is excellent, but know that you should eventually upgrade to an actual German Equatorial mount as soon as you can.



The image above was photographed in our Premium Astrophotography course. We cover how to use this specific star tracker in Season 2 of the Galactic Course.



 

iOptron SkyGuider Pro