Hi all and thanks for all the precious info this forum keeps delivering!
I'm back to astronomy after some years off and I'd like to build up an imaging setup
The list of my equipment comprises a Vixen FL-70S (560mm @ f/8 that goes down to f/5.6 with its reducer), a Takahashi FS-102 (820mm @ f/8, that can achieve f/6.8 with a Borg 0.85x reducer/flattener), an EQ6-Pro, a Robofocus and a TCF-S focuser that was originally bough for my C9 and can eventually fit the Taka as well
My idea is to either get cameras for these scopes in order to have a configuration capable of imaging large (400mm) to mid-fields (820mm) DSOs or, less likely, to replace them with new scopes (130mm and 80mm chinese apos) to extend the FL range a bit
After an initial check, for the main imaging camera I'm considering ZWO ASI 183MC, 294MC and 1600MM (all in cooled Pro versions). They have different pros and cons
smaller pixel size, fitting very well the complete FL range in good seeing conditions
smaller chip area
no need to go immediately for filters' wheel, but possible to play with narrow band (I expect this is ok with 183 too, but only found info on 294)
pixel size ok for Taka, potential underfitting for the Vixen @ 400mm in ok-seeing conditions (astronomy.tools)
pixel size that likely fits the complete FL in ok-seeing conditions (astronomy.tools)
need to immediately add costs for wheel and filters
I'm a beginner and I'm probably better off starting with a color CMOS, although I really aim at imaging in narrowband as I live in an area with some light pollution, not extreme, but noticeable. Considering also costs and possibility to add NB later on I'm pointing the 294
PS. For guiding I was thinking of an ASI 224MC, that I can maybe use also for planetary with C9
Let me hear from your experience which one I'd go for and why
Thanks for your comments!
Edited by Marco 104, 22 August 2019 - 04:00 PM.