I am thinking of getting into AP and am looking at CMOS cameras (currently ASI1600MM Pro for imaging). I would love to hear how bad CMOS cameras are compared to CCD cameras in your experience (worst to best can be a big chasm!). I haven't bought that equipment yet, so any information would be invaluable! Thank you so much!
The 1600 IMO is an abomination. Not because of anything ZWO did wrong or QHY did wrong, rather Panasonic refuses to coat that sensor. Now, you will have an army of people show up in this thread to call me names, call me a bad imager, and other things to try and counter my point, but hear me out:
1. I am not a bad imager. I dont think bad imagers have their images framed and hanging up at places like Astro-Physics.
2. I have watched this concept purported by people here, that the Panasonic camera only has issues on some rare images you take, be completely disproven in every single season of imaging.
3. While I completely agree it is cheap, I dont think peoples time is cheap.
4. You can buy a very good KAF-8300 camera these days, and if you buy a well made one (QSI, FLI) you will end up with a very good camera that will not show that same issue. The used market has been wrecked over this discourse, thus its a buyers FEAST at the moment.
The 1600 camera is nothing but baseless hype. It is a TERRIBLE camera, IMO. Others will surely show up to talk about how wrong I am, etc. etc.... I still disagree.
Now, if you want to be highly selective about what you image, and what is in your FOV -- you can make that sensor work for you. Dither your tail off though, because the coating is not the ONLY issue with that sensor, its the biggest. The headache of processing data from the 1600 is REAL. I hope the people I know have moved far away from that camera, to never return, will chime in and share their experiences. Those are the ones you actually want to hear from.