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    I’ve been interested in astronomy since I was a schoolboy looking through my Tasco and always looked forward to when I would have the time and funds to get deeper into this hobby. The opportunity to try my hand at astrophotography in the last year and a half has been a little frustrating but still very enjoyable. This forum has been such a great source of information and support and I am grateful to everyone who gives of their time here to help make this hobby easier for others. So many great imagers and visual observers with a vast array of knowledge! Thank you all for your help and invaluable expertise. I do realize I have not contributed as much as I should have to this forum.
    Unfortunately since I retired there has been a family illness which as a caregiver really limits the time I can dedicate to this hobby. My days are filled with dealing with this personal challenge and only leaves the evenings to myself. That along with the terrible imaging weather we have had this year has me thinking about the future. This year all I managed were two complete images plus a few that are still waiting on decent weather for more imaging time. I’m at a crossroads and am trying to weigh the pros and cons of continuing in this hobby.
    I am finding that although my mono CMOS camera does produce gorgeous images and allows me to image in narrowband and helps with overcoming my light polluted skies and moon glow it comes at the cost of imaging with multiple filters that require lots of imaging time which just hasn’t been happening. I really am trying to find a solution I can live with, a balance of time spent imaging versus what return and satisfaction I get from completing a beautiful astro image. I don’t know where to go from here. One option I have been considering is going with a OSC CMOS camera which could decrease the time to image targets and would give me a bit more satisfaction albeit not the same quality of images. Does anyone else feel like they are spinning their wheels in this hobby. What are your views on OSC cameras. What cameras would you consider? I would like to find a solution as this hobby does give me an escape from the realities of life. Sorry for this long rant.
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    Not being an imager or even having the remotest inclination that way, I cannot advise from that perspective. However, I've known many purely visual observers who have given up the hobby for myriad reasons. Some of which were indeed life events that required a great deal of their time, leaving precious little for astronomy considering that we must also find time to rest and recharge in order to address the very issues that keep us away from the sky.

    I am certain someone will have some relevant input specific to your imaging requirements. Unfortunately, time and clear weather are not always easy to get. I do wish you well with your personal situation, and also that you find a way which can work within the framework of your greater responsibility so that you may continue to pursue something that you obviously enjoy immensely. We all need something to take us away from the requirements of life, even if for only a little while to allow us to clear our heads. Good luck to you Alex.
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    I for one, would go the OSC route and hang on to the mono stuff.
    It doesn't go bad.
    I would hate to read your post, sometime late next summer, during the longest stretch of clear weather we've had in a decade, lamenting on how you wish you hadn't sold them off...
    My 2¢, adjusted for inflation:
    If you're not in a financial jam, hang on to the mono and go OSC
    You can always add Ha to them if you have time...
    Best of luck in whichever way you choose!
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    Quote Originally Posted by jimminCT View Post
    I for one, would go the OSC route and hang on to the mono stuff.
    It doesn't go bad.
    I would hate to read your post, sometime late next summer, during the longest stretch of clear weather we've had in a decade, lamenting on how you wish you hadn't sold them off...
    My 2¢, adjusted for inflation:
    If you're not in a financial jam, hang on to the mono and go OSC
    You can always add Ha to them if you have time...
    Best of luck in whichever way you choose!
    Thx Jim, that is basically what I was thinking of doing. I did start off with a DSLR and liked the ease of capturing images, it's only downfall was the noise due to lack of cooling and of course no narrowband.
    I might just play it by ear and buy a OSC camera and keep the mono setup and see what happens.
    I see a lot of imagers here using OSC and producing some very nice images.
    Going to try to complete the targets I already started and in the meantime research which osc camera would Be a good fit with my scopes.
    Just looking quickly at what's available the asi071mc pro caught my eye. Any feedback from OSC users would be appreciated. What other cmos cameras would you folks recommend?
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    I recently moved to try a OSC in lieu of the mono / filter route.

    You may have seen the thread but I collected more data in one night than I had in the previous 6 months!

    Here is the thread

    Last nights haul!

    Yes it makes that much difference

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    I recently moved to try a OSC in lieu of the mono / filter route.

    You may have seen the thread but I collected more data in one night than I had in the previous 6 months!

    Here is the thread

    Last nights haul!

    Yes it makes that much difference

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
    That 1600mc certainly takes some really nice images Tom! Do you use any LP filter with it?
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    Default Re: At the crossroads of this hobby

    No but I do use a "Lum" or IR cut filter which helps a lot with star bloat.

    Although I have not tried a LP filter with this camera, my experiences with them (LP filters) has not been good.
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    I used to use an IDAS LPS-D1 on my dslr and got decent resilts. Not sure if it would work with a cmos.
    I was just looking at the asi1600mc pro and saw that it has been discontinued. Too bad it got great reviews.
    The asi071mc pro is interesting but pricy. I guess ZWO will be pushing their asi294mc pro but it still has some issues with amp glow. Decisions, decisions
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    Pairing a OSC camera for the rgb data with a mono camera for the narrow band data can speed up your data collection and processing by a significant amount of time. Right now I don't do this, but a friend in my astronomy club does. Most of the time I just collect lum and Ha data with my camera and mix them together to produce color images. The lum data takes just about no time at all to collect and helps me to get the framing that I want, then I collect the Ha data for as long as I can.
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    Several years ago, I sold off all of my dive gear. It appeared that that part of my life was over, even living much further from the coast. Now, guess what I am repurchasing?
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