Sorry, Blake. I used a good quality refractor telescope with a short focal length and a real nice/accurate mount..Short focal length for a telescope, anyway. The key is having a good mount.A good mount coupled with a cheap scope will still produce pretty nice images. A million dollar scope on a cheap mount will net you trash.
Sly, It is a neat process, but it's really tough/time consuming. I'm not too good at it, but I'm working at getting better.
Those are my best work, by far... they're really only mediocre(at best!) compared to what some of the AP guys are doing. It's fun, though.