New here and I have some questions about what kind of camera to get. First of all I was not sure in which topic forum to put this in due to that I am undecided to go the DSLR or Dedicated Astronomy Cam such as a ZWO.
My current setup is an AVX Mount I just got with a used Sky watcher Equinox APO ED80. I currently have a ZWO385MC that I use for my 10" Dob for planets and have been messing around and learning with DSO this past month with that cam. Now I intend to use my ZWO385MC as a guide scope in addition to a new/used DSLR/ZWO. THe ZWO would be MC not MM. My budget could be from $400-$1000 depending on the significant differences with the camera. The higher range in price, the longer I got to wait basically or more to sell lol.
So with that in mind some of my options that I thought of are:
1. Get a New Nikon 5300 or T6i or some other similar for around $400 then Astro-modify later (but would it perform with out it well enough)
2, Get a second hand Astro Modified T3i or similar for around $350-$600
3. Go for the ZWO 183MC for $600
4. Go for the ZWO 183MC Cooled $800
5 Go for the ZWO 294MC $700
6 Go for the ZWO 294MC cooled for $1000
I guess what I am trying to say is: Will a ZWO camera outperform the modified DSLR's and by a lot for DSO objects such as Galaxies and Nebulas and such or is it just a matter a prefference. ANd does the cooling dramatically increase the performance per the extra cost.
Edited by thebutcher, 17 February 2019 - 09:13 PM.