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#1 George Methvin

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:41 AM

Just wondering is this the same camera as the Risecam IMS224 and would it be a good buy at around $160 dollars for a beginner camera. I am new at this and am looking to just start out with something basics in this field, mostly DSQ.  I already have a laptop and I would be using a Celestron 150mm f/5 reflector telescope mounted on a Meade LXD-75 goto mount. Any thoughts or suggeston on this would be helpful.



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:59 AM

Image sensor used is a rather old on-semi's AR0130C.  Stay away.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:09 AM

Thank you so much good to know I may just order one from Risecam.



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:58 AM

Thank you so much good to know I may just order one from Risecam.

Do be careful.  I believe RisingCam may still sell that same camera - and yeah, that sensor is not a good one.

 

So make sure you are getting a RisingCam which has an IMX--- sensor.  Something like an IMX224, IMX385, IMX290, IMX294, etc.

 

The monochrome ARO130 sensor wasn't horrible (I still have one around somewhere) but the color version was pretty bad - and neither of them apparently compare to the IMX224/385 or to something like the monochrome IMX290.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:32 AM

Ok thanks so any info where I could buy a IMX224 in the USA?



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:37 AM

I see Revolution Imager sell a kit may look into that its right at my budget.



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:45 AM

Ok thanks so any info where I could buy a IMX224 in the USA?

The IMX224 cameras should be available through multiple vendors.  I think Agena Astro and OPT Corp may be several of the ones based in the USA.  OC telescopes may still sell it.

 

I'd think long and hard before getting the Revolution Imager.  It's an old analog CCD camera which is low-resolution with low dynamic range and the system isn't nearly as simple as if you get one of the good CMOS cameras.  Note that the Revolution Imager is sold by OCT so if you want to deal with them I think you can get the IMX224 camera through them at a reasonable price.



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:19 PM

Thanks I will look into it.



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 02:24 PM

Do be careful.  I believe RisingCam may still sell that same camera - and yeah, that sensor is not a good one.

 

So make sure you are getting a RisingCam which has an IMX--- sensor.  Something like an IMX224, IMX385, IMX290, IMX294, etc.

 

The monochrome ARO130 sensor wasn't horrible (I still have one around somewhere) but the color version was pretty bad - and neither of them apparently compare to the IMX224/385 or to something like the monochrome IMX290.

I don't know anything about the color version's performance as an imaging cam but the mono is a good guider. It is sensitive and I've never had trouble finding a guide star with a 60mm guidescope.


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