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#1 dxdydz

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:04 PM

Hello,

 

I am interested in a video camera that I can use for public outreach. I want to display the images on a computer or a monitor.  I will not be imaging with it. I have a PST and an Orion 70mm White Light Refractor I will be using.  I would like something that gives decent views and is relatively cheap.  Will reaching focus be a problem with my scopes? If so what do I need. I have a 0.5 focal reducer. I appreciate any help you could give me. 

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:05 PM

How cheap is "relatively cheap"?


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#3 dxdydz

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:40 PM

Around $200.



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Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:55 PM

I'd recommend an ASI-120MM-S then. Should reach full disk on both scopes, especially with a 0.5x reducer. Focusing shouldn't be a problem.



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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:30 PM

Am I the only one who read the title and interpreted "cheap" as "cheap enough that I don't need to use a solar filter, just buy a case of them and replace when the sensor burns up" ?

 

Or should I just have myself committed now and save everyone a bunch of time ?


Edited by bridgman, 21 March 2019 - 11:30 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 05:51 AM

Am I the only one who read the title and interpreted "cheap" as "cheap enough that I don't need to use a solar filter, just buy a case of them and replace when the sensor burns up" ?

 

Or should I just have myself committed now and save everyone a bunch of time ?

Since he said he had a PST and a white light refractor he's covered on the PST and I assume he meant he has a filter to observe the sun in white light.  Not sure you need to commit yourself though!




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