I have really been enjoying my ASI224. But now I have a new mount which will allow my do much longer exposures(a used Avalon M-Zero, I know, I know, totally overkill, but it had everything I wanted and it was a good price...plus it is red, which makes it work better right?)
I am starting to look at Mono cams for narrowband . I want a camera that will straddle the line between EAA and imaging.I currently use a C5 scope but am looking at getting a C6 or C8 in the future. I also sometimes use a small 50mm refractor for wider fields.
A few that I have seen below:
Starlight Lodestar II mono- Large pixels, lower resolution, decent results
Starlight Ultrastar - on the expensive side, but great results(from Hiten/Astrojedi)
ASI174mm cool or not- larger chip, not possible to use 3.3 reducer?
How about the new yet to be released ASI178mm? It has a small chip, high resolution, but very tiny pixels. Perhaps binning would help out? The sensor is small enough to be able to use the Meade 3.3 reducer(smaller than 11mm diagonal). Some clipped info below from ZWO website:
6.4M pixels sensor IMX178 with SONY STARVIS and Exmor R Technology.
Extremely low read noise(2.2 e) *from the ZWO graph it goes down to 1.36e @ 350 gain
Sensor: 1/1.8” CMOS IMX178
Resolution: 6.4 Mega Pixels 3096*2080
Pixel Size: 2.4µm
Sensor Size: 7.4mm*5mm
Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: AR clear window
Bit rate: 14bit output(14bit ADC)
Here is the link: http://astronomy-ima...asi-178mm-cool/
Any thoughts or other new cameras/sensors to look out for?