I'll get right to the question first! I'm thinking of getting a dedicated camera for DSO astrophotography and ZWO cameras are on sale. I was wondering if you guys would recommend this ZWO kit (which is priced at $1,800 USD):
ASI1600MM Pro Astronomy Camera
36mm 7 hole Electronic Filter Wheel
36mm LRGB Filter Set
36mm 7nm Narrowband Filter Ha OIII SII
Now to provide a little bit more context, I received my Espirit 100ED, SW EQ6-R, and Orion Magnificent Mini AutoGuider package (StarShoot Autoguider + a 50mm guide scope) last week. I live in central Edmonton with a Bortle class 8-9 sky and I'm hoping to shoot mostly from my balcony. It might be worth mentioning that I have a south-facing apartment with an around 110° (RA) view. My west and east horizons are blocked by buildings to around 15° (DEC) and above that my view expands to around 140°. Because of this situation, I'm not sure how close I can get to an accurate polar alignment using the drift method and I haven't been able to test it as we haven't had a clear night over the past week. So, I'm not sure how long the exposures could be just yet.
I don't mind spending more money to be able to do future upgrades. So the filters and the filer wheel seem fine to me. My main question is about the camera. Are there any better alternatives in a similar price range you'd recommend? Are any newer models coming any time soon that might be worth the wait? I have a Canon 40D(unmodified) that I could use for now. Or should I just pull the trigger?
Also, has anyone ordered any equipment directly from ZWO's website?
Edited by Pedram, 08 December 2019 - 07:21 PM.