Hi I was wondering if anyone has a asi 294mc cool or a asi071mc cool, I plan on purchasing a new color cmos camera but I thought I would ask around for any info you can give me on the positive and negatives of these 2 cameras. Thanks, Shawn
Asi 294mc cool or asi071mc cool
Posted 20 July 2019 - 01:08 PM
Lots of people use either, happily. There's no bad choice. The 071 seems to have fewer issues, not a big deal.
The 071 is better, costs more. Personal choice.
Edited by bobzeq25, 20 July 2019 - 01:09 PM.
Posted 20 July 2019 - 01:29 PM
I heard the 294 had calibration problems, with longer exposures, I generally keep my exposures to 5 minutes or less, I'll probably opt for the 071
Posted 20 July 2019 - 01:34 PM
Been using the 071 MC Cool since November of 2018, with no problems.
Images from this camera can be seen on my website. Hope this helps!
Posted 20 July 2019 - 03:22 PM
I have both, regularly use both, and love'm both. Some folks have had problems calibrating images taken with the 294, but I have not experienced this. (I actually own 3 294's, 1 uncooled and 2 cooled). I consider the 294 to be a subset of the 071. I use the 294 with my smaller scopes that can't take advantage of the larger chip used in the 071. The 294 makes a little better lunar and planetary camera as it has smaller pixels than the 071. Both are fine cameras. If budget were not an issue and I had to pick one I'd go with the 071. If budget were an issue and I imaged with smaller scopes that really can't cover an APS-c chip I'd go with the 294.
There are no bad choices, which doesn't necessarily make choosing easy.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 03:26 PM
What kind of scope(s) do you have? I went with the ASI071MC Pro. A good size for my 80mm refractor, Hyperstar, and works well with my Canon DSLR lenses too.
Posted 22 July 2019 - 11:15 AM
Thanks for all your help, I usually image more often with my 80 Apo, I also have an 8" imaging Newtonian, so I will probably go with the 294, I usually image with a mono camera, but with all the bad weather in pa, I need something, that needs less exposures. Thanks Shawn
Posted 22 July 2019 - 12:08 PM
Good choice. My ASI071MC Pro is currently tied up with narrowband imaging so I've switched back to using my ASI294MC Pro for white light imaging with my 6" f/5 Newtonian fitted with a Baader MPCC and it does a great job!
I also image under some pretty challenging conditions and I ended up in the same place. As much as I love my monochrome gear, with a modern color camera it is soooo nice getting all of the data with every frame and I can drop out the bad frames that get whacked by my variable sky conditions. The ASI294MC Pro is so darned quiet that it doesn't take a lot of subs to get a very nice image. It also cools a bit better (and faster) and the larger 071.