I need some advice.
I'm about to pull the trigger on a mono camera. My preference is a ZWO, but getting my hands on a ZWO is complicated ATM, import rules and lockdowns that get in the way, with no local ZWO dealer, but I have a local dealer that can bring a QHY 163M. AFAIK, that's pretty equivalent to a ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro... right?
Right now, I think that camera is the best choice under my budgetary and image scale constraints, so it's almost a no-brainer. Except that it's quite a bit of dough, so I want to make sure I'll be able to make all the equipment work together.
You can check my sig for details, but I already have a ZWO guide cam I also use for planetary from time to time, and since I'll be needing a filter wheel for the 163M I was considering a QHYCFW3-S-SR. My main imaging scope is a newt, though I'm also "building" a small refractor setup. Both have FF/CC that require 55mm of backfocus. Any of you guys have any experience with that combo? From my research on the subject, it seems I need a few small extension tubes to get to the right spacing, but I'm not exactly sure just how much. All the documentation mentions the QHYCFW2 which has slightly different thickness it would seem.
Also, since I already own a ZWO guide/planetary cam, I was hoping I'd be able to use the same CFW for planetary work (changing filters by hand in a rush is quite a mess). I was wondering whether there might be issues getting the QHYCFW paired to the ZWO. All the documentation available always mentions QHYCCD + QHYCFW or ZWO CCD + ZWO CFW, but I haven't seen anyone mix them, or at least I couldn't find no mention of that. Has anyone had any experience with that? I wouldn't want to have to get 2 CFW, it would kinda suck.
Edited by klaussius, 01 June 2020 - 10:07 PM.