Hi all, brand new to cloudy nights and EAA in general. Really need some help choosing a camera. I am using a Celestron c6 on the SE mount, and controlling it all through CPWI/sharpcap 4.0. I bought a ZWO ASI385mc and apertura(GSO) .5x focal reducer two weeks ago without doing a great deal of research based on seeing it recommended all over the place for EAA. Upon receiving it I tried it for 3 nights in a row and really struggled with the small-ish field of view. It was taking me hours to find even one object. Absolutely frustrated I contacted high point scientific who I bought it from, told them I wanted the larger asi294mc and asked to return the 385. They sent me an RMA number and shipping label to send it back. The night before I sent it back I took a step back, calmed down and really tried to solve the problems I was having. I replaced the cheap wobbly red dot finder on my c6 with a sturdy telrad and Instead of using a low power eyepiece to align I used the camera and the crosshairs overlay in sharpcap. I used a 4 total stars spread across the sky and my go-to accuracy was amazing all night. Everything I slewed to was nearly dead center in the ASI385mc. I had a great night of EAA. But Alas, I had to send it back the next day since high point was expecting it.
So here’s my dilemma, purchase another 385mc, or go with something else entirely? My main interest is galaxies, and planetary nebulae, and color isn’t a huge deal for me. (The 385 didn’t really show color or a ton of detail in distant galaxies anyway). I’m just looking for the absolute most sensitive and highest res camera for getting the most out of galaxies and nebulae. I’ve seen some people using the asi178/183MM but I am worried the small pixels will take longer to build an acceptable image(field rotation in the se mount shows after 5-10 minutes) I am also worried if I go with the 294mc that small objects will be difficult, which is mostly what I want to observe.
So, any camera recommendations? Budget is around $700-800 top end. I want to stay in the ZWO range.
thanks all and I am looking forward to all the good info on cloudy nights!
Edited by DeepSkyDiver, 20 July 2021 - 02:53 PM.