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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby



    I started the hobby in the mid 1970s and up until 3 or 4 years ago was visual only. I did dabble with film back in the early 1980s but quickly realized it wasn't for me. Then I tried NRTV (also called EAA) 3 or 4 years ago. I think NRTV adds to the hobby. I'll never get into "true AP" but using the camera for real time viewing has shown me things I'd never see using an eyepiece. Will I stop doing visual? No, it is still 95% of my interest. I'm lucky because I live in a small town so I can still actually see the Milky Way.

    I really have to bow to you true AP guys and all the time you dedicate and also the incredible images you guys produce. The images coming from back yard scopes today would put to shame the professional images from just a few decads ago.

    To the OP, you have already gotten some great advice. IMHO, like has been suggested, add a OSC and keep your current set up. In the past, I've sold equipment only to regret it a few months later. Learn from my mistakes my friend...LOL.
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    As many have said it's not a good idea to make rash decisions, based on emotions, that I might regret later. Who knows, this crapy weather can't last forever (or can it?), so I've decided to keep my equipment and purchase a OSC cmos, probably the asi294mc pro. The consensus as to whether a OSC camera saves imaging time seems to be debatable, I guess I will find out for myself.
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    Hi Alex,

    I am getting back into astronomy and am on a bit of a nostalgia trip in some ways, but am fascinated with CCD/CMOS imaging. After much contemplation and soul searching, I decided that I would jump in with a CMOS OSC camera. The weather here in the SE US is always variable, so I, like yourself, will have to make the most of my time. I would like to do mono, but OSC will be plenty of a challenge. The thing that I would like to see is that there are folks out there shooting galaxies with OSC CMOS cameras. As you probably know, there are all sorts of filters out there claiming to do wonders. The newest of these filters cost almost as much as the camera! I suppose that ANY astrophotos vs. NO astrophotos wins. I am still building the equipment set up, but am reading everything I can find on OSC CMOS cameras.

 

 
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