Looking for wisdom on what I should get as my first dedicated Astro camera. I know this question has been asked to the nth degree but it seems the decision making is also unique to one’s set up.
Thank you for posting this question. I'm a beginner having started about 40 days ago. I'm about to order the QHY 183m to pair with my Zenithstar 61. Not satisfied with the pairing of my 6D pixel size with the Zenithstar. The responses to your post have been helpful to my use case as well. I'm in a highly polluted area and I knew before I started monochrome and NB would be on my roadmap at some point. That point has come.
As I said I'm a beginner in deep-sky object imaging. But I'm highly experienced in the process of being a beginner at my age of 66. I can't count the number of times I started new areas of skill development including many very complex subject areas. I was successful much more often than not. Through the process of beginning over and over again you learn a methodology that sets you up for success when you want to begin something new. If you apply the process of beginning that has delivered success before, it will deliver success again. One thing you learn as an experienced beginner is not to waste time and effort. If there is a pathway to success, don't fuss, execute that pathway. Also at 66 I don't know how much time I have to fumble around.
When you are an experienced beginner you learn how to do the research and you learn not to ignore the experiences of others. No glory in finding out the hard way like was often the case 40 years ago when the number of refence books were few and heavy to carry around. Now the world's information is at our finger tips. Like the valuable information found right here on CN.
The other thing you develop as an experienced beginner at beginning is to assess risks. You learn to assess the downside in trying to leap frog where you can leveraging the knowledge and experience of others.
If my choice is wrong on the QHY 183m I'm out about $1k. That is within my risk tolerance.
I love these forums because of the vast experience and coaching that can be found here. It is a gold mine.
So thanks again for posting the question! And thanks to everyone who to took the time to share their guidance and experience. Much appreciated.
~ Beginner Bill
Edited by AstroVagabond, 30 January 2021 - 05:12 PM.