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    Default Explain to me please the difference..



    The difference between a ccd planetary camera and a ccd deep space camera?

    I understand the field of view but one is way more sensitive or can collect more photons than the other. How?

    Why is the planetary camera so much more forgiving of focal length, tracking accuracy?
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    Default Re: Explain to me please the difference..

    CCD planetary cameras are like video cameras, designed to take lots of short pictures. Deep space CCDs are usually cooled so they can take long exposures with less noise. There may also be pixel size differences but I'm not too sure on that.
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    Default Re: Explain to me please the difference..

    Thanks Nick, I know just enough be dangerous.

    Where I am going with this is I have a Planetary camera and have had good success with it. See my moon shots in the moon forum.

    But it got me to wondering if I could use a deep sky cam with the same setup, except its a F5 8" goto newt.
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    Default Re: Explain to me please the difference..

    Deep space are geared for long exposures.

    Planetary for short exposures

    I've seen some very interesting deep sky images from planetary cameras

    The only thing you might have to worry about in using another camera is how far back the sensor is.

    Depending on your scope you might not be able to focus if the sensor is too far back.
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    Default Re: Explain to me please the difference..

    Hrm, good point. I currently have the Orion Starshoot Planetary (5mp), Their Starshoot deep sky camera looks like the same form factor. So I guess that may not be a problem. Don't know for sure.

    Anyhow I hope tonight (conditions permitting) I will try to push the planetary camera to its 'limits' and see how the tracking goes.

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    If you are referring to Orion's Starshoot "G" cameras in the $400 range I will tell you from experience that you'd be far better off with a DSLR or more expensive CCD camera for deep sky. However, I believe jimminCT uses an Orion CCD and his images are awesome.

    As stated above, there have been some surprisingly good DSO photos taken with solar system cameras. Orion Nebula might be a good subject for this as it it quite bright.

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    Default Re: Explain to me please the difference..

    Thanks for the input, Ive been putzing around with the SS planetary and 'longer' exposures but without too much luck. Everytime I get 'started' the clouds roll in. I have another thread in this forum on that topic though.
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