AP130EDT f/8, Tak FSQ-106EDX, Pentax 75 EDHF, SVQ100 Apogee U8300, U16, A8050, A694 Orion Atlas EQ-G Mount with EQMOD AP900GTO in an Exploradome
Quote:...when you get to more advanced processing techniques like dark subtraction....Mono CCDsThese are going to give you the best quality of images and the most flexibility. They're also the most difficult to learn and require additional processing steps to get good color images....
Quote:'Dark subtraction' is not an "advanced processing technique". It's the most basic minimum requirement and generally the first processing skill to be learned.
Quote:Mono cameras are only 'more difficult' IF you try to do color imaging with them before you can even produce a good b/w image. Using a mono camera to produce b/w images is IMO the easiest way to begin climbing the learning curve.
Quote:While I do consider dark subtraction to be pretty basic I think there are other skills that are generally more important to learn before going down the calibration path, such as stacking, stretching, etc. You can still get good images when starting out without darks. And when someone is just starting out they're going to want results sooner than later to stay interested. While darks and calibration frames are important I don't think they're 100% required when you're starting...IMHO.
Celestron C11 Edge / Paramount MX
Innovations Foresight On-axis Guider (ONAG) Orion SSAG and PhD guiding
Atik 383L+ mono and EFW2 ; Baader LRGB filters
Deep Sky Stacker; NIH ImageJ; Regim; IRIS
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Zhumell Z8. C6-SGT / ZEQ25GT. AR102 / WO Z71.Celestron 15 x 70 / Nikon 10 x 50 action series. Modest range of eyepieces, TV Barlow. Diagonals, FR's. Skytracker / Astronomik CLS II.Canon 70D / 550D.
Quote:I want to acquire a decent camera for astrophotography. I want to image the planets and deep space objects. I recently acquired the IEQ 45M and various OTAs and other stuff to do astrophotography. I have a DSI II I’ve been experimenting with trying to learn how to do it. I’ve had trouble trying to use it with Maxim and have decided to take the plunge for a better camera. I want to spend around $2K, but willing to go up to $3K. I’ve seen adds for lots of cameras (SBIG, Celestron, Canon DSLR, ATIK, QSI). Since I’m a newbie to Astronomy and esp. photography, I have several questions would like input on in choosing a camera for astrophotography. Any suggestions or advice on any of these is welcome.
Quote:1. Are ‘pure’ astro cameras (such as SBIG) better choice than a Canon DSLR (if people get the Canon because it can be used for regular photography, I don’t have any need for using it for regular photography)?
Quote:2. Color vs. B&W (I’d normally pick color, but saw something that might mean color has less resolution?)?
Quote:3. Views from owners / others on which camera to get?
Quote:Since I’m not sure which forum to post this in, I’ve posted in Equipment and Beginning Imaging. Thanks for any answers / suggestions.LewPgh, PAIoptron IEQ45M; Celestron 11" XLT; Orion 120mm EON; Orion 80mm CFT; Meade ACF LX 90; Meade ACF LS-6; Meade ETX 90PE. Various Celestron X-Cells and Meade 5000 HDs, Orion 12mm reticle, Astrotech 1.25" dialectric diagonal, Antares f/6.3 SCT reducer and Meade plossl set. Orion Mini-guider package; Orion Off-axis guider. Meade DSI II color and Orion Starshoot Deepspace video camera. Maxim DL v.5.
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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 .