OK, I'm finally considering picking up a cooled camera as I can hardly stand the idea of another summer with the Canon and all its noise.
While I'd love to pick up an ASI2600 with all its goodness, I can't afford the camera, and much less the knock-on costs such as a new processing laptop that that camera would require.
So, equipment-wise, I'll be pairing the camera with the following optics:
- 8" LX200 ACF
- 135mm/90mm camera lenses for widefield (Canon EOS mount)
I shoot both nebula and galaxies, and have started dipping my toes into planetary (with my ASI120MM for now).
Cameras I'm considering:
None of these are perfect, they all have their warts. I'm aware of the background mottling risk of the 294, the potential cooling issues with the 071. I don't know a ton about the 163, but it concerns me that ZWO stopped shipping that chip for some reason. However, they each have unique, nice features as well.
So, thoughts??? Others you think I should consider given my setup and the desire to keep it around 1K (which I know makes the 071 a stretch)?