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#1 ValeryD

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 01:34 PM

For the new season for Jupiter and Mars I prepare my supercharged C14.
The camera I have now is Flea3 1,3Mpx GigE mono on the ICX445 Sony chip.

While this camera is OK compromise for solar and lunar panoramic photography, for planets it is less than optimal, as well as for detailed solar H-a and solar prominences.

So, I am on the market for the best available today planetary camera. Of course, I know about Andor and other very expensive cameras of $10000 + price. No, I need cheaper solution.

What is the best one? Of course, better if it is somewhat larger than 618 chip.




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Posted 19 August 2013 - 01:54 PM

You could think of ASI120MM ( mono ), it has a
wide field and is fast! For wider fields there
are other models available as well.
Check zwoptical.com!
Pricewise looks very good in comparison with the rest!

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:35 PM

From multi-purpose: e2v based cameras are quire versatile and nicely priced - at 1/1.8" diagonal. From more expensive and big 1" are CMV4000 based cameras (Basler, Ximea, others - for ~1600 EUR).

But for planetary imaging there is nothing like ICX618 and similar newer ICX sensors (check PGR Blackfly ICX693/692). Some also like ASI 120 MM :)

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

Any info about QE and the read noise of such a fast camera?

http://www.baslerweb....html?model=133



The same questions about this larger format camera
http://www.baslerweb....html?model=203

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 04:29 PM

KAI is very poor. And don't expect to use anything more than ~60FPS on planets.

They only "valid" options are newer ICX CCD and some latest CMOS sensors. Nothing else can compete at the moment :)






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