Not new to astrophotography, but certainly new to planetary imaging. No clue what I should be doing and how to go about it. So, I am going to start with the basics first -
Decent equipment to use? I will say this - I am finalizing on a Meade LX200 12in F10 ACF scope, but other than that, I am not sure what all I need. I believe I will need the following -
a) Barlow - what power and which one? Money matters - so a decent yet affordable one (I know those two don't go together in AP, but have to ask).
b) Planetary camera - I have the ZWO 290MM-mini and the QHY5II (equivalent to ZWO 120MM) - both are mono, so not sure if it will be good to just sell those and get a color camera or buy filters (the question being, is it better to get RGB filters and "maybe" get better images or sell the two cameras and just get a color camera)? If the recommendation is going to be color camera, please point me to which one (on the flip side, if the recommendation is to buy filters, please point me to which ones as well). I realize seeing is important, but it seems that we in Central TX are blessed with good seeing (LP is an issue and summer months are cloud heavy, but the seeing is typically very stable when it is clear).
c) I am leaning towards the ZWO ADC - is that worth the cost?
With regards to software -
a) Acquisition software - I guess SharpCap is what people prefer? I have never used it, so any guidance will be helpful, including pointing to resources on the web that I can learn from.
b) processing software and tricks - don't know what's out there for planetary. I do have most operating systems covered - Windows, Linux (Ubuntu) and Mac OS X. Ideally, I would like to use either Ubuntu or Mac, but if I have to, I will use Windows as well.
Anything else that I am missing either hardware or software wise?