Dang and here I thought the mount was the big expense..lol So I guess it's $3000 for a good beginner setup. The color camera you linked does not need color filters? I thought monochrome staking with filters was the way to go versus color cameras. The monochrome link that includes a filter kit will give me distorted or just mediocre pics even with stacking?
How about this camera?
Mono plus filters is the best way to go (especially in light pollution), but _really_ expensive. You still want a cooled camera (more important than mono). So the lowest price I've ever seen is $1480.
Mostly beginners use one shot color cameras, and they are capable of fine images. I have both types, use them both.
The difference between the 533 and the 183 is pixel size. The 183 (I own both versions) has tiny 2.4 micron pixels. They have reduced signal to noise ratio, so you need more total imaging time. It's a touchy camera that's unforgiving of typical beginner errors.
The 533 has 3.76 micron pixels. Better signal to noise ratio, easier to use. It also matches your scope better.
The difference is significant. I think you'd be happier with a 533.
The color cameras have an internal Bayer matrix color filter, so you need no additional filters. It's the same system used on DSLRs.
One thing makes astrobin images less useful for evaluating equipment. The experience of the imager is very important. An experienced imager can use equipment that drives beginners crazy.
That's also a problem with Cloudy Nights recommendations. Experienced imagers frequently recommend equipment they would personally like to have, and are reluctant to recommend anything they personally wouldn't use, even though it might be the best choice for a beginner.
My recommendations are aimed at the specific needs of beginners. Note that I'm steering you away from the 183 which I own. I use them with a C8 RASA 400mm, F2. The short and very fast scope (and my experience) makes the most of the tiny pixels.
Matched flattener. 533 (or a Nikon D5300/5500/5600). Everything I'm recommending is intended to make this as easy as possible for you.
No one has ever quit DSO AP because they found it too easy, not enough of a challenge. <smile>
Edited by bobzeq25, 11 August 2020 - 12:44 AM.