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#1 jrhendi

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:11 PM

I have an Orion Ed80 and siruis mount. Currently been using my unmodified Canon t6. Wife gave me a budget of 800 for a new Astro cam.. Looking at zwo 183mc pro.. Any thoughts on something better in my budget . I enjoy dso objects.

Thank you in advance.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:33 PM

What other cameras have you researched that are in your price range?



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:53 PM

I have an Orion Ed80 and siruis mount. Currently been using my unmodified Canon t6. Wife gave me a budget of 800 for a new Astro cam.. Looking at zwo 183mc pro.. Any thoughts on something better in my budget . I enjoy dso objects.

Thank you in advance.

The 183 is not a good fit for small refactors.



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 02:36 AM

I have an Orion Ed80 and siruis mount. Currently been using my unmodified Canon t6. Wife gave me a budget of 800 for a new Astro cam.. Looking at zwo 183mc pro.. Any thoughts on something better in my budget . I enjoy dso objects.

Thank you in advance.

The tiny pixels in the 183C (which I own) are difficult to feed well.  I intend it for use with an F2 RASA.  Even with my F4.8 (reduced) SV70T it requires a lot of total imaging time to get a decent signal to noise ratio.  If your ED80 is the F7.5 (or F6, reduced) it will need even more.

 

If you do get it, I'd try it binned 2X2 in software.  You don't get a read noise advantage, but it least you're using the photons from 4 pixels together.

 

At $999, the 294C would be much preferable, if you can stretch just a bit.


Edited by bobzeq25, 18 February 2019 - 02:36 AM.

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