First post but avid reader of the forums, the wealth of knowledge here is truly amazing.
I’ve been using the Sky-Watcher 150P Virtuoso GTI as my first telescope for over a year now doing mostly visual, but I played around a little with my now ancient Canon T2i. Good fun but my mount can’t handle the weight (650g) when it’s hanging off the side. Crazy off balance no matter how carefully I try the balance it. I fear I might be doing the mount some harm in the process as well, specifically the Altitude axis.
So I decided to dive into buying a camera and needed some assistance picking a good option.
I want to do EAA. I just want to see more stuff through my bortle 5 sky!
I managed to get SharpCap working with the t2i and respective ascom driver to test drive. Great fun but unsustainable as a setup.
Which camera? Limiting factors:
I would not like to spend more than 600 dollars. I don’t have a lot of money to swing at my hobby and the next opportunity to buy another camera would probably be a couple of years down the road, so I think I’m looking for a jack of all trades, master of none. I little planetary for fun, a little DSOs for fun.. Something that I can grow with for a while.
Options I’ve researched:
I’ve looked into the imx 294s, 183s, 533s and 585, all uncooled to stay inside my budget. I think I’m narrowing down my search between the 533s and the 585s.
I’m leaning towards getting the QHY5III585C v2. I'm thinking the form factor (ZWO mini style) will help with maintaining my virtuoso scope properly extended and the light weight is another plus for the balancing. The relatively larger sensor, for this form factor style, is another plus. Would a planetary ZWO style work just as well?
The smaller price tag is a huge plus.. and leaves room in my budget to get some filters possibly?
Does anybody know of an IMX533 camera with this style of uncooled camera?
Am I gonna miss the extra field really bad? Would cheap reducer fix this?
Should I really be looking at another cooled camera? Am I overlooking anything?
Anybody have experience with the QHY5III585C v2 and EAA that they care to share?
As I understand, some imx585s have a HDR mode with wide dynamic range. Does anybody know if the QHY5III585C v2 shares this function?
Many questions and many many thanks to all responses!
Edited by RodAmbar, 12 February 2024 - 01:25 PM.