I own an ASI1600 Mono and something is wrong with the cooler, I contacted ZWO and I'm working on that but that story is for another time. The ASI1600 is almost 3 years old and I've gotten used to it. When I purchase the camera I was not aware of the best pixel size I should use to match my scope so I just bin to get close to what I need. It turns out that I need a pixel size between 5-6um. I usually work on deep-sky object's limited to Mag ~13, and I own an f10 scope. I live in a light-polluted area and if I go for longer exposures sky background becomes a big issue. I'm tired of dealing with CMOS issues like Amp-glow and messing around with gain offset and the cooler malfunctioning after 2+ years. I'm willing to give-in on the chip size if I can get cleaner images off the camera. Also, I only image in narrow band because of the light pollution. I'm not sure what to think of the Sony vs. Kodak sensor discussion so I'm open to both.
I want to buy a CCD and my budget is no more than about $4k. I have been looking at Starlight Xpress Trius SX-825, several Atik cameras including the 383L. Both of these are much less than my max budget but I don't need to spend all of the money if I can get the right camera. That's where I hope some of you can come in and help. I have read all the threads I could about CCD selection on CN but some of them are old and don't take into account the new cameras that are now available. Other threads are about purchasing CMOS cameras. So I wanted to start up a best CCD thread again. Any advice you give me will be greatly appreciated.
Edited by WalterG, 20 August 2019 - 10:01 AM.