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#1 Dark Night

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:26 PM

OK, I'm getting about ready to venture into the realm of AP. I am waiting on my T3i to arrive but I also would like to have a planetary cam both for the enjoyment and also to initially learn from. So, without mentioning which ones I'm looking at I'd like to hear from someone with experience using one as to which you would recommend. I would MOST espicially like to hear from people who have used more than one make/model and which you consider better... Any input would be highly appreciated.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:07 PM

I'm using an Imaging Source DMK 41AU02AS on my AstroPhysics 130mm Starfire with good results. I also own an older Astrovid and after that the Neptune vid camera. The imaging source camera can do deep sky shots as well as video capture, so it fills a dual role with my imaging.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:30 PM

The ASI120mm/mc seem to be THE camera these days. I am very impressed by the pictures I see coming from them. I use the Neximage5 camera and it's pretty good for the price.

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#4 astrovienna


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:24 PM

I use the ASI120MM, after going through point and shoot, ToUCam, DMK21AU04, and Flea3 over the years. The ASI is extremely high speed, which is essential. Plus it makes a good guide camera. I'm guessing that you plan to do deep sky with your DSLR, so that might be important for you.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:09 AM

I am happy with my ASI120MC (MC is the one shot color version). Before that I used the live video capture in BYEOS with my T3i, which works fine.
The Firecapture software that I use with the ASI120MC has many great features which make it easier to frame and capture.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 03:31 PM

Yes, I have read about the Imaging Source, the NexImage 5 and the ASI120. They all seem to get good reviews and the ASI seems to get the best review. I was wondering if a random sample would get the same reply and I got back basically what I've read the last month or so.

Astrovienna: Yes, I will be doing DSO's with the T3i or even planetary for some really up detail work if the seeing down here in the deep south decides to co-operate (that is AFTER I spend the next 5 years trying to LEARN AP. ;-) )

Well, I'm assuming you can use it that way... either way, I had heard that using a planetary cam was one of the more enjoyable ways to learn AP because it doesn't require the precision of long exposure and that with everything else a "newbie" has to learn it is just an easier way to start. All that may be completely wrong so, I'm reading and starting the process of investigating... Also, it would be able to double as a guide cam.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:05 PM

Having done a bit of both, I'd say equal levels of precision are required in DSO and planetary imaging. It's just that the things that have to be precise are different.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:14 AM

oh... that's great! And here I thought it would be an easier way to learn. Well, like I said, I'm really a "newbie" and I have a lot to learn about this. Thanks for the input everyone.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:47 PM

I just ordered an ASI120 OSC. I hope it's as good as what I've read! It's my first venture into planetary imaging.


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:25 PM


Just got mine (ASI120MC) yesterday. I had other things to do, but found time to load the drivers and use the included wide angle lens for 1/2 hour after dark. Not that I'm some great imager, but found the camera not only easy to "grasp" how to use, but impressive. I never used firecapture before, so have some reading and experimenting to do. Even at that, I had the camera up and running within minutes.

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