In the oughts I had a really nice CCD camera from QSI with a KAF-3200ME sensor - it performed beautifully with a set of Astrodon filters even from my Bortle 7+ site. I sold most of my rig in the late oughts and moved away from this sport.
So, we are now in the twenties and I am back to the sport, hobbled a bit ( a lot) with a smaller wallet but still with dreams of capturing something no else has (think the 'Soap Bubble') and my list started to include a KAF 16803 CCD camera with it monstrous 64 Megapixel sensor. But -- by the time I can save up the money for a $12,000+ camera there may not be any CCD cameras on the market.
Kodak will be closing its CCD plant mid year and ON Semi will stop production in a couple of months. So, that leaves CMOS. In 2008, I tried a CMOS guiding camera from Fishcamp. It was so noisy I could not make out a star from a white blob on the screen - no matter the gain setting. I sent the camera back and they were very gracious in accepting the return.
I then bought SBIG ST-402 and off to the races I went. Neither the QSI or the SBIG ever created any type of image capture problem. CMOS did and now, a decade later I am left with a very bad taste in my mouth regarding CMOS.
Yes, I went out and bought a NIKON D5300 based upon the comments by nearly everyone who commented on the D5300 and YES, I know the camera has CMOS chip, from Sony.
To help me understand the recent (meaning the last 5 or 6 years) affinity for using CMOS has anyone here, or elsewhere done a side by side comparison of comparably sized CCD sensor versus a CMOS sensor. A really great comparison would be to compare a KAF 16803 4k x 4k, 9mm pixel (as in the SBIG STX 16803) with the GPixel GSense4040 4k x 4k with a 9mm pixel size (as in the FLI KL4040).
These are not cheap cameras but I can dream...
Thank you for reading.
Edited by MikiSJ, 24 January 2020 - 11:32 PM.