I think the Infinity and the 414EX are two completely different products. The user experience of the Infinity is completely different from any imaging CCD I have used and it is purpose built for Live Imaging/EAA. While you can use the 414EX for EAA and it may work for you, you will just not get that seamless user experience with the 414EX.
But in summary, I think the Infinity is the first integrated seamless EAA/Imaging user experience which addresses both the inexperienced user as well as an experienced imager looking for a more casual experience. The little details make a big difference and that is very true for the Infinity. Atik has really thought through the design and the hardware and software together deliver a very seamless experience with unparalleled ease of use (i.e. until Paul adds hot pixel removal to Starlight Live : ) ). The software is very stable and the performance is excellent. Unfortunately, you will not get this same user experience with the 414EX until Atik decides to support other cameras with the Infinity Software.
I'm still having difficulty in determining whether the user experience with the Infinity software is enough to out way the results that are obtained with the same sensor in a different configuration and being used for EAA. I wish I had more time to have tested the Atik 414 but the images I did collect were not that difficult to obtain. It did require AstroToaster for stacking and the speed of the processing does not compare to what the Infinity software accomplishes and there is a steeper learning curve in using the Atik for EAA, but once learned the process flowed smoothly.
I was very excited to read this report from Hiten and I commend him for his effort and his commitment to EAA. What causes my uncertainty whether the Infinity would the right decision for me is from an image comparison of the Infinity and the Atik 414. I only have one object in my Atik 414 album that is the same as what has been presented here and that is NGC 7635 the Bubble. Interesting the total exposure times for the Infinity obtained image and my Atik 414 image were almost the same. The Infinity image exposure was at 30sec for 16 stacks while the Atik 414 was 5 stacks at 150sec a total of 480sec to 450sec. I am assuming that the Atik 414 could have achieved similar image results compared to it's longer exposure image if it was exposed at 30sec and 15stacks. Comparing these two images the Atik 414 appears to have more exposure (I believe it was slightly over exposed) and more contrast and more color saturation; yet it was taken with a scope of the same size but the focal ratio was different where the Infinity obtained image was at f3.7 and the Atik 414 was at f5.6, thus there is a 2 to 1 exposure advantage to the Infinity image yet this doesn't equate in the image results or total exposure collection time. Now this all could be condition differences, they both are taken in a red zone but one cannot account for there being equal transparency.
For me what is needed are more image results from the Infinity under similar exposure conditions to convince me that the Infinity is the way to go. I do have to admit that on the surface the Infinity appears to be a great EAA tool and would work well for streaming. Ideally a side by side comparison would help me decide which would be the camera of choice. And again thanks Hiten for all the time and effort you have put into this report and I'm looking forward to more of what you have to present and hopefully it will help clarify, atleast for me, which way to go.
Infnity image 16x30sec with 8" at f3.7
Atik 414 image 5x150sec with 8" at f5.6
Edited by DonBoy, 29 December 2015 - 04:30 PM.