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#1 feygan

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:13 PM

Hello folks,

 

I'm currently shooting with a Sony A6300 that I cannot mod because I need it for daytime photography.

 

If you had a maximum budget of 2000 Euros, what dedicated colour astrophotography camera would you buy in 2019? The 2000 Euros should cover an IR/UV filter if the camera does not have one embedded and any other necessary accessories to use it (stuff like software license, 12V power supply, carrying bag, etc.).

 

PS: Are there generally any blackfriday / Christmas sales for astrophotography gear? Is it worth waiting till the holidays to get some discounts?



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:28 PM

PS: Are there generally any blackfriday / Christmas sales for astrophotography gear? Is it worth waiting till the holidays to get some discounts?

 

Yes, most of the major players knock around $100-200 off for holiday sales. When I bought my ZWO camera a few years back, it was right after Christmas, and it was $200 off the normal price (1280->1080).



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:33 PM

An ASI071 or a QHY247.  The 071 is cheaper, the 247 has a bigger chip.

 

You can use either with Sharpcap.  Free and good.



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:36 PM

Same ones Bob recommends. I got the 071 and I'm happy with it. 



#5 feygan

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:49 AM

An ASI071 or a QHY247.  The 071 is cheaper, the 247 has a bigger chip.

 

You can use either with Sharpcap.  Free and good.

Same ones Bob recommends. I got the 071 and I'm happy with it. 

I see, so the 294/071 sensors still are the best options. Thanks!


Edited by feygan, 19 September 2019 - 12:49 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:28 PM

I would say the ASI294MC, cooled or non-cooled. I have bee using mine now for a year and it is the only camera I want to use.



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

I need to pay of my astro-purchases on my credit card from early 2019 before i buy anything else!

 

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 12:44 AM

What scope are you going to be using? What focal length? 

 

The ASI071 has the larger pixels. If you will be imaging at long focal lengths, then that's the one you want for sure. Even at short/medium, it's hard to imagine the QHY247 winning out--you pay an extra $500 for an *insignificant* increase in sensor size (the two sensors are extremely close in size). In some cases, with a medium-length scope (say 800-1000px) and good seeing, you may prefer the smaller pixels of the QHY247.


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#9 feygan

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 01:05 AM

What scope are you going to be using? What focal length? 

 

The ASI071 has the larger pixels. If you will be imaging at long focal lengths, then that's the one you want for sure. Even at short/medium, it's hard to imagine the QHY247 winning out--you pay an extra $500 for an *insignificant* increase in sensor size (the two sensors are extremely close in size). In some cases, with a medium-length scope (say 800-1000px) and good seeing, you may prefer the smaller pixels of the QHY247.

Currently I'm shooting with a pretty wide scope, a refractor William Optics Zenithstar 61 which has a focal length of merely 360mm. In the foreseeable future I plan to shoot with something in the 600-800mm focal range maximum.



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Posted 20 September 2019 - 07:59 AM

An ASI071 or a QHY247.  The 071 is cheaper, the 247 has a bigger chip.

 

You can use either with Sharpcap.  Free and good.

I believe both cameras are APS-C, so the sensor size is the same. The 247 has smaller pixels, though.


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Posted 20 September 2019 - 11:18 AM

I believe both cameras are APS-C, so the sensor size is the same. The 247 has smaller pixels, though.

My mistake.  Unfortunately CN shuts off editing so fast, I can't fix it.


Edited by bobzeq25, 20 September 2019 - 11:19 AM.



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