Adam AP Mach 1, Rob Miller TRI36L, Celestron 8" Edge HD Hyperion 17mm, Celestron 40mm Plossl, TMB 7mm & 9mm WO 66, Lunt LS60/B1200 PT, CG-5 Clone STF-8300m Pro Package, Honis-Modified Canon XS, Un-modded T1i, SSAG, TSOAG9, SX LodestarLackawanna Astronomical SocietyMy Astrobin
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14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:.56 arc sec image scale with an SCT is not going to be easy. OAG will be a must and the mount will have to be very good to get good images, the Mach 1 should handle that.A larger pixel would help.Blueman
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Quote:I am in a similar position as you. Trying to find a camera for use on my 280mm SCT and 106mm refractor is not fun What is your budget?
Quote:Do you own a focal reducer?
Quote:I'm presuming that you will be going the route of the STF-8300m with the OAG and FW package?
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Quote:i made the same transition about 5 months ago and chose the STT-8300M. i had the same concerns about the chip being old and whatnot.almost any CCD with proper cooling is going to knock your socks off relative to the DSLR. i can not believe what i've been able to do from this high-LP site with astrodon LRGB filters. check out my astrobin link.at bin 1x1 i'm way oversampled (0.51 arcsec/pixel) but that has not stopped me from doing L at 1x1. of course you can also bin 2x2 or 3x3 with the 8300.
Quote:Great images! I like the scale you get with your FSQ, but I'm not sure about my Edge 800 HD. Then again, I may have to rethink what I want out of this camera. One thing standing out in my mind is I'd probably not be able to get M81 & M82 in the same field even using the reducer. I'd be afraid I'd find this with a lot of my targets.
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SBIG STF-8300M, Atik EFW2 Filter Wheel, Atik OAG, Lodestar Autoguider, Astrodon 1.25" LRGB/SII/Ha/OIII Filters
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Quote:Adam,I really don't find the KAF-8300 to be all that noisy, especially with FLI's electronics in the ML8300.I just grabed a random luminance image, stretched it as far as possible and uploaded it for you to compare with a stack of luminance and a finished image.M78 single 10 minute Luminance, no calibration, stretched https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-FLsRbjPJibA/UVztW4NcuKI/AAAAAAAACGQ/3Opv-x... M78 Stack of 16 10 minute Luminance frames- calibrated https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-11lVoaSnDUk/URtbE5zk72I/AAAAAAAAB14/Zdw_fn... M78 fully processed LRGB 6.2 hours integration- virtually noise free https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EnIT-WVnLFU/UTGSWkm_IzI/AAAAAAAACCQ/k1S6JS... I also had a QSI 583wsg and I never had frames where the noise overwhelmed the signal or was otherwise a problem.The KAF-8300 is an excellent chip for the price and will serve you well. I think any of the four main manufacturers will provide you good results.
APM LZOS 130/780 f/6 LW CNC II 130mm APO (W.O. 132/110 FLT FF) Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 FLI Microline ML-8300 Astrodon E Gen2 LRGB, 5nm Ha filters Orion Deluxe 50mm MiniGuider + SSAG TSXP/CAO, PixInsight 1.8, PS CS6
Quote:Dave's FLI ML8300 images (and others') look really nice. I'm looking to purchase an 8300 camera also (seems like the only chip in town right now for my budget) but I also like the SBIG self-guiding feature (and hate flexure). I haven't seen a lot of STT-8300 images and wonder what a similar comparison to Dave's would look like for that camera. Any takers?-Jeff
Photo: Qhy9 mono + qhy 5x2" filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB, Ha, O3 and S2 filters , Meade DSI Pro 2 as guider, TS 9mm off-axis guider Binoculars: Nikon Action 12x50 Telescopes: Skywatcher Evostar 120ED f7.5 APO + TS 2" flattener Mounts: HEQ5 Pro Eyepieces: Nagler 11mm type6, Pentax XW 7mm, Televue 2X barlow 1.25"
Quote:Do the FLI's come with any software?
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Quote:Do not look no further. Sbig ST 8300 is very good camera and it is twice cheaper than FLI. And it is not noisy at all. Save Your money. Look here http://www.astrobin.com/full/37650/0/?mod=none&real=I am absolute newbie into astrophotography. This is my second light EVER only. No procesing. Only histogram stech. Thats all I can do with my skills. Poor man mount. Focuser issue. But looks not bad. Don't You think so? Why to spend money for the same chip based camera for the twice the money?
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Quote:Quote:Do not look no further. Sbig ST 8300 is very good camera and it is twice cheaper than FLI. And it is not noisy at all. Save Your money. Look here http://www.astrobin.com/full/37650/0/?mod=none&real=I am absolute newbie into astrophotography. This is my second light EVER only. No procesing. Only histogram stech. Thats all I can do with my skills. Poor man mount. Focuser issue. But looks not bad. Don't You think so? Why to spend money for the same chip based camera for the twice the money? For your second light ever that is great. That's just luminance? That's what I'm really looking forward to. I remember when I switched to a mono planetary cam for solar H-alpha. The difference was night and day. And everything got easier with the better data. That's what I'm looking forward to.