This question has been done before in many different ways but I am really keen to get advice on my particular situation.
In a nutshell, it's a CCD vs CMOS question but with some specifics and preferences.
I have a QSI 683, several ZWO cameras (the 1600mm Pro being the relevant on to this conversation) and a newly bought QHY600. Some of my gear is going to a remote site and I am looking to buy another mono camera for my home observatory. I will be shooting larger targets with an FSQ106 and smaller targets with a 152mm refractor.
The issue is this:
I have been experimenting with the QHY600 and to put it bluntly, I just don't like the images it produces, particularly when I comparing them to the QSI (obviously taking into account the different sensor size). The QHY has Chroma filters and the QSI has Astrodons. I fully understand that this is a really subjective comment but to my eye, the QSI produces much richer looking images. It's also a lot easier to handle with its large pixels and easier, in my opinion, to process. I should add, as you may guess, I am not an experienced imager.
My dilemma is twofold relating to 1) FOV and also 2) the future of the technology. I would like a larger sensor but I don't really want another full frame - I have numerous posts elsewhere on problems I am having with tilt and problems attaining a flat field with the QHY. I thought the QSI 6162 might be a good bet. However, I am reading that CCD technology in our hobby in terms of further development is dead in the water. I may be overstating this so my apologies if I am wrong.
Given the above comments, my question to you is?
1. Are my comments relating to "richer images" with the CCD something that is well-documented or am I making this up? - some of the experienced imagers near me still claim that CCD sensors are better than CMOS for deep sky imaging and haven't made the transition. What do you think of this?
2. Are CCD sensors on the way out (for our hobby)?
3. What CCD and CMOS options would you recommend/do you think I should consider? -
Lastly - I full get that some of this post is highly subjective and smacks of "inexperience" so if you could bear with me I'd be grateful.