Rod - precious few examples [=images] of what the Mallincam can do on faint stuff on this forum beyond hearsay me thinks
Yes. The Hicksons are easy with a Mallincam. And no computer frippery is required if you don't want it.
Mark - not convinced cooling is essential [for my 'cool' running Lodestar] at <60s exp [get saturation in <2m @ f/3.6] but removing my severe orange LP via software does take a hit on data. LP filters before cam [which I've tried] needs increased exposure so a no-win option.
Maurice gets some absolutely amazing images off of that camera/software combination (the best I've ever seen) but that little un cooled camera isn't quite in the same league as the cooled models or the video based Mallincams, particularly when using longer exposures (as he clearly states).
Cooling does start to benefit images at well under 60s exposures. It certainly helps those longer exposures but it's one of the main requirements for a continuous read video setup like in the Mallincams (who's sensor generates tons more heat at any exposure than the single exposure imaging cameras). Mark
What we need is a Mallincam v Lodestar/others unbiased head-to-head on same DSO, same exposure and similar scope but don't think, on this forum, unbiased is going to happen