OK, I not HAVE to try some deep space stuff
. Especially with the results you are getting with really short exposures. I'll probably try with my 6" f/5 scope, but may give it a try with my C8 just to see what it does (especially with something like the Eskimo Nebula. Problem is that I am stuck in Planetary mode and maybe Jupiter will have to wait some
Steve, I had held out for a couple of years on upgrading my SPC900NC because I wasn't really happy with what was out there. The Imaging Source cameras all seemed to be long in the tooth, and the Flea3 and PGR cameras were also at too high of a pricepoint (or would have needed to upgrade my computer to do the GigE or firewire). Ideally I wanted something that could do both planetary, maybe some lunar/solar, and double as a guide camera. The ASI120MC looked like it *could* fit the bill, and so far it seems awesome as a planetary camera and I keep seeing images that show it can do deep space stuff really well also.
As for the computer I am capturing with. For the past week or so I have been tweaking my computer and investigating performance of FireCapture.
My laptop is a couple of yrs old Acer 4730. It was running XP, I had upgraded the HD to a 7200RPM 750GB, and had 3GB RAM. The CPU was a Intel Core Duo T3200 (1.8GHz).
With FireCapture I was having problems capturing at max framerate (70FPS) at 640x480. I spent $40 to upgrade the processor to a T9300 (2.5GHz). While it improved capture rates some, it still didn't give me the full 70FPS. A couple of days ago I decided to see what happened when I upgraded with Windows7, and like Magic, I am getting the full 70FPS at 640x480, and only slightly below the full 30FPS at 1280x960. (also have 4GB RAM with W7).