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#1 nataliavegas

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Posted 23 April 2024 - 11:15 AM

Hi all!
 

I am trying to find out if its worth keeping the ASI224 since I have the 678, the 533pro and the 174mini (for OAG).

From looking at astrotools, it doesn't seem to be better for my C8 Edge (w .7 focal reducer), or my Lunt40, in any situation.

 

I want to do Galaxies, Nebula and planetary.

 

--> Is there any benefit of keeping the 224 for either the Lunt40 or the C8 (w or w/o the reducer)?

Im at the outskirts of Las Vegas, Bortle 8/9

 

Thanks all!

 

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Posted 23 April 2024 - 11:31 AM

The 224 was my first astrocam, obviously to start shooting planets.

 

Several years later, I have been through several iterations of both deep sky and panetary cams. I thought about selling the 224 several times. Most recently, I keep it mated up to an assempbly that allows me to use it when collimating my SCT with MetaGuide. 

 

I just finished building a ROR obsy and guess what? Another use identified; it will now go into an enclosure to be my AllSky camera.

 

Glad I never sold it. It is a low-cost, solid multi-purpose cam.



#3 nataliavegas

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Posted 23 April 2024 - 11:46 AM

The 224 was my first astrocam, obviously to start shooting planets.

 

Several years later, I have been through several iterations of both deep sky and panetary cams. I thought about selling the 224 several times. Most recently, I keep it mated up to an assempbly that allows me to use it when collimating my SCT with MetaGuide. 

 

I just finished building a ROR obsy and guess what? Another use identified; it will now go into an enclosure to be my AllSky camera.

 

Glad I never sold it. It is a low-cost, solid multi-purpose cam.

Thats an interesting idea with the AllSky cam, it got me interested in building one, however I dont know if the Las Vegas sun won't yellow the dome quickly and the heat that the whole setup would be exposed to especially in the summer might kill the cam quickly. 120 degrees in the shade in the summer might be a quick electronics killer :)



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Posted 23 April 2024 - 08:37 PM

I have sensor similar to IMX224, IMX385. Great for planetary and deep sky observing. I would keep it.



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Posted 24 April 2024 - 02:35 AM

I cannot really see what the 224 is good for, if you got the 533 pro... same pixel size but very small FOV with the C8 and amp glow.

 

So just use the 533 and let go the 224.

 

BTW I had it, too. Now I got 533 and 294 for the C8.

 

For Sun observations the 715 should be a great camera!

 

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Edited by GazingOli, 24 April 2024 - 02:38 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2024 - 07:29 AM

The 224MC was my first astro camera years ago, and so I'm familiar with it. As others have noted, with the other cameras you have I don't think you''ll miss it... or keep it is a back up for planetary.


Edited by alphatripleplus, 24 April 2024 - 07:33 AM.


#7 nataliavegas

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Posted 24 April 2024 - 08:00 AM

I think I will keep it after all and build an allskycam with the Raspberry Pi. yes I am a nerdy girl ;) Especially since I start my workday at 5am every day, its hard to stay up to monitor the telescope, and this will help so I can wake up to some interesting pictures and still getting sleep :)

 

Thanks everyone for the opinions on this!!!!


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