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    Default Can I use the QHY5L-II as both a guide camera and as a planetary imaging camera?



    I'm just getting started in astro photography, and in fact am just now buying my initial equipment. I'm thinking of getting the QHY5L-II as an autoguiding camera for a refractor, and also for use as a planetary imaging camera on a reflector. Is this reasonable?

    If I do use it for two different purposes, how do I get the right guide scope for the refractor, and what extensions will I need for my reflector?

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    Default Re: Can I use the QHY5L-II as both a guide camera and as a planetary imaging camera?

    Sure it will work as a planetary cam. I dual purpose my ZWO ASI120mc in just such a manner.

    I do not guide while doing planetary I just set the mount for sidereal since most planetary is done with .avi video frames over a matter of a few minutes guiding is not really needed. So I just take the cam off the guide scope, thread on the nosepiece, and put it in the focuser of the OTA. Only adaptor I need is a 2" to 1 1/4" which you probably already have.

    It 'should' work with just about any guide scope. I am fond of my Orion 60mm as the camera just threads right on to it without adaptors nose pieces etc.

    Orion 60mm Multi-Use Guide Scope with Helical Focuser | Orion Telescopes

    I see links to Orion are still messed up. Here is the link to one on amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Multi-U...al+guide+scope

    But a lot depends on the focal length of your scopes. I don't know if you will have focus issues with the DS10 or not. I am sure someone will know though
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    Default Re: Can I use the QHY5L-II as both a guide camera and as a planetary imaging camera?

    As UM stated, I too have tried with some success with my ZWO ASI120mm camera which I primarily use for guiding as planetary imaging camera. The QHY should give pretty similar results.

    I did this the other night with my ST-120 refractor. Certainly not the best image and not the ideal setup for planetary imaging, but it came out okay I thought.

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    EPs: ES68 16mm - Orion Epic ED-2 9.5mm - Celestron 20mm Plossl - Orion 25mm Plossl
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    Default Re: Can I use the QHY5L-II as both a guide camera and as a planetary imaging camera?

    That's a nice Jupe!

    What time of the morning did you take that
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    Default Re: Can I use the QHY5L-II as both a guide camera and as a planetary imaging camera?

    Oh, it was after 2am. I was messing with both Jupiter and the moon for a couple hours.
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