meade deep sky imager vrs Orion StarShoot Deep Spa
Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:59 AM
I see from the old post http://www.cloudynig...1050739/page... that they seem to be pretty close, though I have to admit I got lost with all the acronyms. . .by the end of the article I had no idea what one they were talking about.
From what I gather they are both similar, one being a video camera the other is more of a camera. I enjoy the video aspect and stacking photos then letting my wife use her Photo shop talents.
I was experimenting with a webcam, and it got to the point in which it started failing with kinda mediocre results. Once I tried to get it to work in the Barlow minus the eyepiece it didn't work at all, I had a lot of trouble getting decent images using the eyepiece, then I modified it and it as some posts said, and it just went to a snowball after that. So as frustration with degrading images rose my wife suggested I just get a darn camera. I agree, no reason to spend 1k on a telescope and accessories to go cheap on the camera, problem is I don't have a ton of cash lying around and have trouble justifying a $1600 camera withe current state of the economic situation. Going into this moderately priced with something that will work, I am turning to the community here to see what opinions are before I order one or the other.
I just would like to get decent shots I can work with and not break the bank. . .yet. I prefer the video recording, but I trust the advice of most of the community here.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:09 PM
Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:09 AM
Both Meade Deep Sky Imager (DSI) and Orion StarShoot Deep Space (Color) Imagers (SS DSCI) are astro CCD imagers. They are not "video" cameras. There are several versions of them (newer versions use larger CCD sensor.) There are color version as well as monochrome version. Meade ones do not have active cooling but has a little bit mature software. Orion ones have active cooling.
These are all ancient and discontinued. There are plenty discussions in the CN Archive sections you just have to dig them out.
BTW, when these show up in the classified section, check the specific model and the price to make decision. It is not like there are plenty of them (different models) all sitting there waiting for you to make the selection. (Of course, overpriced ones will stay on the list for a long, long time. Remember that they are old. Hint, hint.)
P.S. this type of questions should go to Beginning Imaging subforum to get a better response.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:55 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:37 PM
I use a cheap security cam for video and have played around with stacking. Following link is screen captures from my video camera.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:33 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:22 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:24 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 05:26 PM
Your astroCCD imager is Orion StarShoot Deep Space Color Imager II, a.k.a. SS DSCI-II, (not a video cam.)
If you capture many frames then use Registax to stack them, "freeze the seeing" effect will be more pronounced.
Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:24 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:25 PM
That's a good Saturn to me.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:31 PM
Not saying I am dependant on other people's opinons, but it helps to know if you are in teh right direction or way off inleft field. my webcam pics are bad compaired to the better cam. Biggest tip to people I woudl sya is don't go cheep you will be disapointed. go for quality.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:30 PM