I have been upgrading and purchasing equipment for about a year now with hopes of one day using it all. I have a pretty much complete setup now, but must admit, I have yet to really use any of it due to time constraints and work schedules. I do plan on setting everything up perhaps in an observatory or similar once things settle down, but really looking for more experienced advice regarding ccd cameras.
What I wanted to ask was in regards to ccd cameras and equipment. I currently own a SBIG ST-10XE (click for specs from SBIG) along with the filter wheel, filters, Pyxis rotator, OAG, ST-i, etc. I purchased this because it was a mono camera with high sensitivity (NABG), but I have yet to really understand why it was a good or best choice for my C11 at f6.3/f10. I now have the opportunity to trade my camera for a SBIG ST-8300M, which has a larger sensor size, more pixels, and suprising and similarly good QE but is ABG. I think I asked this awhile ago, but now can't seem to find the thread and the answer to which camera would be the best choice for my C11.
Which camera do you feel is best?
Again here's the spec pages
ST-10XE: Spec Page
ST-8300M: Spec Page
I understand the physical differences between the cameras like internal guiding, pixel size, filter size, "blooms", but just have always figured the ST-8300M was the premier camera. Is the ST-8300M primarily a refractor or short focal length ccd?
Looking at the prices they went for originally (see here), the ST-10XE was priced at $5,795-$5,995, which was about three times the amount that the ST-8300M sold for at $1,995. To me, prices often reflect quality, so just not sure if I am missing something here regarding the two cameras.
Thanks for all the help!
Edited by collaredkeeper, 22 October 2014 - 01:33 PM.