GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
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 Lodestar
Lackawanna Astronomical Society
Quote:Deep sky, galaxies, planetary nebula's and some bright emission nebulas of course. But mostly DSO's
BackyardEOS ~ Purpose-built astrophotography software!http://www.backyardeos.com/CANON, NIKON, QSI, SBIG, ATIK, SX, ASI, QHY, SSAGAT8RC, AT6RC, AT65EDQ, EON 120mm, Lunt 60THa B1200ASTRODON LRGB Ha NII SII OIII (3nm), IDAS, CLS, SkyGlow10Micron GM2000HPS (ordered), NEQ6, HEQ5, CG5-GTOne clear night a year
Quote:Yes, i understande i will need LRGB filters, as i already have 2" Lumicon O-III, HA, UHC, and an Orion H-Beta. All i need now is the SII. I am certainly not new to astronomy, just looking for an opinion on wheither to get the SBIG STF-8300m while its on sale or invest on a nice DSLR, say like a Canon 60Da or something for imaging DSO'sKap eh!!! lol, were are you now?
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
AT8RC with Moonlite & Stepper Motor
Skywatcher 120mm ED PRO
Skywatcher HEQ5 with EQMOD, KWIQ Guider
Nikon D5100 Baader mod by Brent Oliver
12" GSO Dob with Argo-Navis, 102mm Skywatcher Short Tube
Quote:I agree with Adam. You should be able to do much better with your DSLR, especially if you use at LEAST ISO 400, capture with BackyardEOS then stack with DSS. After you get that mastered, you can decide your upgrade path. As Terry says, the DSLR is easier to start with and you already have it.
Quote:A CCD is much easier than DSLR. Images from CCD are also easier to process. Only thing going for DSLR is that it is a cheap way to get the feet wet before eventually succumbing to CCD.
Quote:IMO, it's a bit like playing golf with a croquet mallet.
Orion XT8 Classic, Self built EQ platform
AstroTech 72ED, AstroTech 6 Imaging Newt
Celestron Advanced VX EQ Mount
Celestron NexStar SE 4/5 Mount (for grab and go)
Canon T3i, Canon XT (Hap Griffin Baader Mod)
QHY5L-II Mono/Orion 50MM Mini
Fort Bend Astronomy Club
Quote:How exactly is a DSLR 'easier to learn' than a CCD?
They are virtually the same thing except cooled CCD astrocams are actually designed for the job. DSLRs are handicapped from the git-go by lower bit depth, daylight oriented in-camera processing, non-standard file formats, larger mechanical backfocus, hard to control thermal issues, and limited spectral range.
IMO, it's a bit like playing golf with a croquet mallet.
Quote:Here's how I see it. With a DSLR, a t-ring adapter and appropriate piece (flattener, coma corrector, etc.) one generally speaking should get round stars. With a CCD, spacers are necessary that, with most scopes, need to be figured out. There is a serious possibility of galling if one isn't careful. The need to shoot through multiple filters can require slewing off target for refocus, then lining the target back up, the much higher possibility of needing to do a pier flip or shoot over multiple nights, nights etc.
Quote:To me, these things make learning more difficult (perhaps challenging or just more complex is a better description) than using a DSLR that do not directly relate to cost. Most of the above CAN apply to using a DSLR also, but generally aren't necessary to generate an image, especially starting out.
Quote: I can see it must have been cloudy alover last night and some not so happy campers here.
Quote:The death-match over whichever one is easier will take place elsewhere.