Yep- I'm here with another first CN post by another astrophotography noob asking another "which is the best?" question.
Jokes aside, I'm actually not entirely new to ap. I've done a little bit with a DSLR and mid-length lenses for a couple years (though not a lot), and I bought myself a cute little William Optics Z61 (1st gen) and flattener from another CNer a couple months ago, and have been using that in with my Canon EOS 70D to produce some results that I've been pleasantly surprised with. My camera is, however, unmodified, and that makes many of the best targets for a scope this size a bit difficult. I don't really want to modify my camera, as I use it a lot for daytime photography as well, and I think that rather than getting cheap DSLR body to modify, it would make more sense to get an entry-level OSC CMOS camera. The better sensitivity of the sensors used in dedicated astronomy cameras, as well as the near-full Ha transmission of the uv/ir cut filter used would, I think, be a nice improvement.
After doing some research, it seems that the Sony IMX183 sensor would be a good match for this telescope. Though not quite as big as I'd like, the 1" diagonal isn't too tiny, and the 2.8μm pixels would, with my 360mm fl, yield an image scale of 1.38" per px, which is right in the sweet spot. Now, of course, comes the question of which IMX183 camera to buy. The two main options for lower-priced cameras (My budgent isn't huge right now) seem to be the ZWO ASI183 and the Altair Hypercam 183C. Both have INDI drivers, which is good as I plan to control them using Kstars/Ekos. The Altair advertises a cooling fan and a 4gb onboard DRAM cache; I'm not sure how much of a difference these will make. ZWO cameras seem to have quite the following, though I have seen seen some good reviews of Altair equipment as well. QHY, ZWO, and Altiar also all have TEC cooled versions of these cameras, though those are a bit more money that I'd like to spend.
Do any of you have first and experience with these cameras, or have heard anything about them? Experiences on using them with INDI drivers would be appreciated, as would any general advice on purchasing a first dedicated astronomy camera. If it makes any difference (though I have absolutely no idea why it would), I'm newish to ap, but not to amateur astronomy; I have been observing visually for about 8 or 9 years.
Edit: the IMX183 has 2.4μm pixels.
Edited by Zubenelgenubi17, 26 October 2020 - 01:05 AM.