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    Default I need basic advice on the ASI120MC



    Today was a great mail day for me, i got a dual speed Crayford SCT focuser for my C8 and a ZWO ASI120MC camera.

    I have zero experience with a camera like this, i know which end sticks in the telescope and pretty much nothing else.

    Is there hope for me? Will i ever take good astrophotos?

    Can you give me advice or point me in the direction of a resource that is written in such a way that a fairly bright ape could understand it?

    Thank you in advance
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    Default Re: I need basic advice on the ASI120MC

    A C8 with that camera is capable of great results.

    First of all, make sure your scope is collimated. Planetary imaging needs a well-collimated scope and good seeing.
    It also needs lots of focal length. Do you have a 2x or 2.5x Barlow or Powermate? If not, start saving for one because you will need it.

    In the meantime you need to download and install Firecapture 2.3 (free) - this is the only software to use with your camera for great results.
    You will of course need a laptop to connect the camera to. To make maximum use of the features of FireCapture you will need to enable control of the mount from the computer. To achieve this you will need to be able to connect the handset to the computer via the cable that should have come with your mount plus a serial-USB adapter cable.
    You will also need to install ASCOM 6.1 (free) and the ASCOM unified Celestron driver 5.0.30 (free - available here:Telescope/Mount Drivers)


    All of this software will allow FireCapture to keep planets centered on the camera sensor (this can get very tricky without software assistance).

    This tutorial should be helpful...Firecapture – An Introduction | AstroSite.co.uk
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    Default Re: I need basic advice on the ASI120MC

    Thank you for the advice Phil, I will try to follow it.
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    Default Re: I need basic advice on the ASI120MC

    yep i would follow what Phil says i have the same camera it is very easy to use you will definitely need a barlow and down load fire capture as this program works a lot better than Icap that comes with it (tends to freeze) but Fire Capture works great get the latest version there is a link on the CD that comes with your camera Registax has a bit of a learning curve but there are some great tutorials on the net and You Tube that will help you greatly there a lot of fun these little cameras and great to start off with . camera to nd don't forget you can use it as a all sky to with the fish eyed lens it comes with .
    cheers
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