I have a C8 that I do astrophotography with. I do just fine with smaller DSOs, but I'd like to capture some larger ones. I've thought about a larger sensor camera and a new focal reducer, but the HyperStar attracts me for a few reasons:
1) A really wide FOV. Will provide plenty of room plus more for imaging the larger objects that I'm aiming for.
2) Fast f/stop. Starizona boasts that HyperStar eliminates the need for an EQ mount and autoguiding. Since I already have both, I will still stick with it because the implication is that in doing so, my images will be better quality.
3) Ease of use. A lot of people on this site recommend refractors for learning AP, but since I've already figured out how to use the C8 I'm sticking with it. The refractors are more than suitable for the larger objects, but are generally not the best for smaller DSOs. With the C8, I can do both by just popping on and off the HyperStar depending on what I'm imaging.
All this sounds swell, but the price is what prompts me to ask about this on CN. I have 3 big questions that I hope you all will be able to answer for me:
1) Users of HyperStar: how do you like it? Please tell me about your experience with it.
2) Will using HyperStar affect image quality? I know that the more you reduce the focal length, the more problems with image quality come along with it. Is HyperStar the same way?
3) Can I use my ZWO filter wheel with it? HyperStar has an optional manual filter slider, but I'd like to be able to attach my filter wheel to automate the process.
I hope you all will be able to provide some valuable feedback before I blow 1,000 bucks on this. Thanks in advance!
Edited by Mr. Pepap, 20 April 2021 - 05:37 PM.