I am most likely going to sell my 15" DOB. My C-8/E in Tucson (stored at parents house) can see things better than my DOB here. It's just wasted where I live NW of Chicago with the pollution getting worse each year, and I can't load and go anywhere with it (age/body pains/etc.). CN members say I should look into EAA as a good way to overcome this problem. I had been pondering this change of visual observing for a short while now. So I hope you folks can bare with me as I try too figure this EAA out.
I am thinking of using a WO's GT102 on an Ioptron IEQ30 mount along with ZWO's ASI224MC. But I may have this all wrong.
I already have Sharp Cap Pro, and see it has "live view". I suspect that is what I am going to have to learn how to use.
You are not alone in your situation. EAA can make the hobby enjoyable and fun for you again. I would recommend you start out slow (as in small investment) and then as you can upgrade your equipment as you gain skill and experience.
As others have mentioned there is the NV path and there is the camera path. I do both and honestly they fill different needs. I will address this first then get to equipment in my next post.
NV pros & cons
- feels like visual observing and truly real time
- it offers a very different and unique perspective on the night sky
- the Milky Way views at 1x - 3x are just superb
- most effective on nebulae
- I personally don’t prefer NV for star clusters or galaxies - offers little benefit on galaxies which are my favorite DSOs
- Lacks color
- limited in how deep it can go - with a camera you can stack longer
- Expensive in the sense there is a large upfront expense but for many it is worth it
- you have to be at the scope observing - in winters or bug filled summer days I rather be indoors
Camera for EAA
- Smaller upfront expense
- can achieve much higher resolution
- easier to share your results with others (I really enjoy sharing my EAA images with friends and family and on these forums)
- on very cold or bug infested evenings you can sit on your couch and explore the universe
- I have neck issues - on bad days I can still enjoy the universe from my recliner.
- can go much deeper than NV
- needs extra equipment
- learning curve for hardware and software
- Lacks the ‘at scope’ experience - for some does not feel as live as NV
Edited by Astrojedi, 11 May 2019 - 07:52 PM.