Hullo one and all,
I don't see a lot of discussion on this new camera brand (one post in Solar, a few over in nighttime-land) but I pulled the trigger on the Player One Neptune-M. It is a 6.4 MP USB3.0 CMOS monochrome camera with the IMX178 sensor. I know the sensor has something of a mixed reputation for solar but we'll see.
The camera looks to have decent QE response, ~80% at 656nm. The 2.4um pixel size will pair well with the Lunt and acceptably with the Quark; 2.4um critically samples at F9 and the Lunt is F7. I do try and learn from the masters like MalVeauX and I know I'll be undersampling but my seeing conditions in the middle of the Great Lakes aren't great to begin with. It will be better than the old guide cameras and oneshot I'm currently using*.
However, what really caught my attention is the sensor tilt plate. From the photos and description it appears to utillize a standard 3-point pivot via external screws. The vendor claims you can remove Newtons Rings proactively! Paired with good resolution (3096*2078) and up to 60 FPS in RAW8 we might have a contender here. Plus, since I just received the Lunt a week ago this camera was within the hobby budget and I can flip it to a narrowband nighttime camera in a year or two if necessary. Fingers crossed that this works out as planned.
I hope to post a more detailed review and pictures in the coming weeks.
* the ASI120MM Mini and the Altair GPCAM both have 3.75 µm pixels (656 nm critically samples at F14) and while the NextImage 5 has 2.2 µm pixels (656 nm critically samples at around F7) but all of them are just so slow and only have USB 2.0. I was getting 14-15 fps yesterday with the ASI.
Clear skies BG °¿°