Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23
  1. #1
    ihasascope's Avatar
    ihasascope is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 2,390, Level: 31
    Level completed: 60%, Points required for next Level: 60
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!Album Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    127
    Points
    2,390
    Level
    31
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 3x 3 Posts

    Default Camera Recommendation?



    I couldn't find a sticky on camera recommendations, so sorry if I missed it. I currently have a 9 megapixel ccd camera with a .3 arc second pixel size. So if I understand correctly, I need a better camera.

    Let's say I bought a camera today and hit the powerball tomorrow. What camera would I buy today that would be so good that I wouldn't be able to upgrade it tomorrow, because it's the bestest Everest camera possible? Assuming that camera cost over $1000, what is the best camera I can get under $1,000 USD? Under $500 USD?

    If it matters, I have a 90 mm markov cassegrain with a 1200 mm focal length and a go to azimuth mount. I need the camera to fit a 1.25 inch barrel.

  2. #2
    Ozman13's Avatar
    Ozman13 is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 29,217, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 20.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement5 Threads Achievement!20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Hopkinsville Kentucky
    Posts
    8,431
    Points
    29,217
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    170
    Thanked 2,238x 2,011 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    It also depends on what you want to image. There is no one is best camera like there is no one is best scope.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    ACF 8"SCT,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    ,
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    120, ES 102CF Apo triplet, ES AR102, ST100, ST90, Apex 90mm Mak, ST80, ETX60,
    Oberwerk BT-82XL-ED, 25x100s, 15x70s, 8x56s, Kasai 2.3x40s, Celestron AVX, CG4, SLT, LCM, Obie HD Parallel Bino mount
    Explore Scientific 82 degree and 68 degree EPs, Baader 9mm Ortho, Meade 5000 SWA EP set, many more various EPs, Baader
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    &SkyGlow, FringeKiller, SemiApo filters, Celestron UHC, Meade 4000 Nebular Filter, Kson OIII, DGM NPB and lots of astro stuff.

  3. #3
    Hondo's Avatar
    Hondo is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 63,846, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    7,043
    Points
    63,846
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    7,365
    Thanked 3,621x 2,930 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    Since you have a Mak on an Alt/Az mount, you will be limited to lunar and planetary with the possibility of some of the brighter DSO's. A ZWO planetary camera will fit the bill for you.
    This used to be a great place to hang out but now it is not safe here anymore.

  4. #4
    ihasascope's Avatar
    ihasascope is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 2,390, Level: 31
    Level completed: 60%, Points required for next Level: 60
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!Album Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    127
    Points
    2,390
    Level
    31
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 3x 3 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    im told my current scope is limited to planetary and lunar imaging, but I don't know for sure. I was hoping I could get a better camera for planetary imaging and also be set for deep space when I upgrade my scope, later. But if that's not the case, I don't know what to do.

  5. #5
    Hondo's Avatar
    Hondo is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 63,846, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5 Threads Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    7,043
    Points
    63,846
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    7,365
    Thanked 3,621x 2,930 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    As pointed out by Ozman, one camera will not do both. Your current scope was designed as a planet killer and with a good planetary camera will produce some great pictures. If you do upgrade your scope you will also need to upgrade to an EQ mount due to the inherent field rotation of an Alt/Az mount. A DSLR is a good compromise for both planetary and DSO imaging.
    This used to be a great place to hang out but now it is not safe here anymore.

  6. #6
    seigell's Avatar
    seigell is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 27,639, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Gilbert AZ (Exiled to the Marshes of Central Florida)
    Posts
    5,694
    Points
    27,639
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    182
    Thanked 1,663x 1,479 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ihasascope View Post
    I couldn't find a sticky on camera recommendations, so sorry if I missed it. I currently have a 9 megapixel ccd camera with a .3 arc second pixel size. So if I understand correctly, I need a better camera.
    Have you TRIED your Camera with your Scope?? What are the Issues you wish to Overcome??

    Or do you simply want to move from an "Industrial Seeing" CCD to a more "Standard" AP Camera??
    Or do you need a Standard AP Camera in order to use "Standard" Imaging Software such as SharpCap or EasyCap??
    ES AR152 / ES 80ED Apo / Orion 8in F/3.9 / C9.25-SCT / C6-SCT / C10-NGT / AT6RC / ST-80 / AstroView 90 / Meade 6000 APO 115mm
    CGEM (w HyperTune and ADM bling) / 2x CG5-AGT / Forest of Tripod legs / Star Adventurer / Orion EQ-G
    550D (Modded-G.Honis) / 60D / 400D / NexImage / NexGuide / Mini 50 SSAG / ST-8300C / ASI120MM-S / ASI1600MM-Cool
    Dark Skies in SW CO when I can get there, and badly light polluted backyard when I can't... (Currently Self-Exiled to Muggy Central Florida...)

  7. #7
    CamelHat's Avatar
    CamelHat is offline Bronze Supporter
    Points: 52,833, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 20.0%
    Achievements:
    50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Posts
    5,811
    Points
    52,833
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    1,170
    Thanked 1,720x 1,388 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ihasascope View Post
    im told my current scope is limited to planetary and lunar imaging, but I don't know for sure. I was hoping I could get a better camera for planetary imaging and also be set for deep space when I upgrade my scope, later. But if that's not the case, I don't know what to do.
    Scott is exactly right. Given that your scope is a Mak, get a webcam-like quality camera like a ZWO. For DSOs you will want something different including your scope. You can use a DSLR for planets if you like just don't expect the results to be great. For a (body-only) DSLR starting out, the good news is that $200 is more than enough. My 2nd hand Fuji X-A1 was that much on EBay. I believe that it is better for AP than many other DSLRs. If you care about automation get a Canon (I have two) but personally I don't care about that. A wired timer remote and flash disk is all I need. Why is a cheap DSLR more than enough? Because the bottleneck is the quality of your tracking mount, not at all your camera. If you planned on spending over $1K spend it on a mount instead. For a camera check dpreview with the new studio comparison tool with low light. That's how I chose mine.
    ... Henk. Telescopes: 6" Mak-Newt (Comet Hunter), ES ED127CF, ES ED80, Zhumell Z12, Coulter Odyssey 10, AT6RC, Venture RX-7, Celestron Skymaster 20x80, Mounts and tripod: Losmandy G11S, AVX, LXD55, Tiltall, Cameras: Fuji X-a1, Canon SX40, Xt, XSi, T6, ELPH 100HS, DIY: Dob and camera barndoor trackers, afocal adapter, Dob with foldable base and Az/Alt setting circles, Accessories: SSAG, Plossls, Barlows, Telrad, laser collimators (Seben LK1, Z12, Howie Glatter), Cheshire, 2 Orion RACIs 8x50, Software: DSS, ImageMagick, PHD, Nebulosity, Photo Gallery, Gimp, CHDK

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

  8. #8
    ihasascope's Avatar
    ihasascope is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 2,390, Level: 31
    Level completed: 60%, Points required for next Level: 60
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!Album Achievement!
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    127
    Points
    2,390
    Level
    31
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 3x 3 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    So if I just upgrade the camera for now to focus n planetary imaging, is this camera way better for that than what I currently have, despite the much lower number of pixels?

    http://twinstar-telescopes.com/wp-co...era-Manual.pdf

  9. #9
    seigell's Avatar
    seigell is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 27,639, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Gilbert AZ (Exiled to the Marshes of Central Florida)
    Posts
    5,694
    Points
    27,639
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    182
    Thanked 1,663x 1,479 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hondo View Post
    A DSLR is a good compromise for both planetary and DSO imaging.
    Certain DSLRs are Good Compromises for Both types of Imaging. You need to ensure that you select a DSLR Model that can produce "nearly 1:1 Video". (Most Canons can do this with BackyardEOS or APT - most Nikons cant "yet" because BackyardNIKON doesn't have 5x-LiveView Capture working yet - no one reports supporting this function on Sony or Olympus or Fuji).
    Canon T2i, 60D, 60Da have an actual 1:1 Crop Movie Mode - which Canon dropped after those Models.
    ES AR152 / ES 80ED Apo / Orion 8in F/3.9 / C9.25-SCT / C6-SCT / C10-NGT / AT6RC / ST-80 / AstroView 90 / Meade 6000 APO 115mm
    CGEM (w HyperTune and ADM bling) / 2x CG5-AGT / Forest of Tripod legs / Star Adventurer / Orion EQ-G
    550D (Modded-G.Honis) / 60D / 400D / NexImage / NexGuide / Mini 50 SSAG / ST-8300C / ASI120MM-S / ASI1600MM-Cool
    Dark Skies in SW CO when I can get there, and badly light polluted backyard when I can't... (Currently Self-Exiled to Muggy Central Florida...)

  10. #10
    seigell's Avatar
    seigell is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 27,639, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    365 Days+ Registered Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Gilbert AZ (Exiled to the Marshes of Central Florida)
    Posts
    5,694
    Points
    27,639
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    182
    Thanked 1,663x 1,479 Posts

    Default Re: Camera Recommendation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ihasascope View Post
    So if I just upgrade the camera for now to focus n planetary imaging, is this camera way better for that than what I currently have, despite the much lower number of pixels?
    http://twinstar-telescopes.com/wp-co...era-Manual.pdf
    Another recent Thread was asking about "Toup Cam" and "Toup View" - was that you??

    Basically, it's rather hard to tell if this is a Good Planetary Imaging Camera or Not - it's rather Unfamiliar... And even Popular Brands like Celestron and Orion and Meade have tried to pass off some Real Dogs as Planetary Cameras over the past few years...

    You'll have better User Review info and Better Support if you focus on the more Popular Planetary Cameras...
    ES AR152 / ES 80ED Apo / Orion 8in F/3.9 / C9.25-SCT / C6-SCT / C10-NGT / AT6RC / ST-80 / AstroView 90 / Meade 6000 APO 115mm
    CGEM (w HyperTune and ADM bling) / 2x CG5-AGT / Forest of Tripod legs / Star Adventurer / Orion EQ-G
    550D (Modded-G.Honis) / 60D / 400D / NexImage / NexGuide / Mini 50 SSAG / ST-8300C / ASI120MM-S / ASI1600MM-Cool
    Dark Skies in SW CO when I can get there, and badly light polluted backyard when I can't... (Currently Self-Exiled to Muggy Central Florida...)

 

 
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Camera Adapter recommendation please
    By Spinball in forum Astro Imaging Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-01-2015, 10:00 PM
  2. DSLR Camera Recommendation
    By bowene in forum Astronomy Digital Cameras Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-29-2015, 07:07 AM
  3. 2048x1536 camera recommendation?
    By BabaG in forum CCD Imaging Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-19-2010, 05:19 PM
  4. Astrophotography camera recommendation?
    By Orion in forum CCD Imaging Forum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-31-2004, 05:47 PM
  5. Digital camera recommendation
    By David Nakamoto in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-26-2003, 08:43 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 06:19 PM.