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  1. Well I would treat the narrowband filters as a bonus available to you if you wanted later If you were to go down the CPC1100 route, which is a huge step for even an experienced imager, I would upgrade your mount first for sure. Camera wise I would say the ASI071, particularly with hyperstar. If you really want my honest opinion. Scrap the idea of a CPC1100 and get a short focal length refractor and any of the above cameras to get some good experience in widefield imaging then step up to longer focal lengths if thats what you want. I’m not saying what you’re planning can’t be done but it’s certainly not the easy route and there will likely be a lot of hair pulling getting there!
  2. I don't really want to influence you re mono/ colour except to say that if you plan to do narrowband I would go mono. Apparently it can be done with OSC but not straight forward. I checked the cameras you mentioned above plus the another popular ZWO the ASI 1600mm against your scope (SW 200P right?). Here's a snap from astronomy tools with M45 as an example for FOV. With all these cameras you will have a resolution <1"/px. My first instinct is that will ask a lot of your mount and tracking at 1000mm focal length. With that being said, if you can spare the extra cash, I think I would go for the ASI071. Gives you the best FOV and is also the best in terms of resolution. Even more so if you are at a dark site. By the way regarding perice the ASI1600mm it is available with mini EFW and LRGB filters for the same price as the ASI071 at the moment
  3. There are a plethora of cameras available these days so I’ll not recommend any one as it would depend on a few things. First thing I would decide is colour or mono. You could read until the end of time on here what is best. Just pick what you think suits your likely imaging preferences Then you really are better pairing a camera with your existing scope (and any you plan for the near future). What you are really looking for is a resolution that will suit your set up and likely seeing conditions. I recommend going to Astronomy Tools.net and using the CCD suitability tab and plug in different camera/ telescope set ups to see. If you do that you will have narrowed down the options quite a bit. Good luck!
  4. Regarding the argument of always having ‘complete’ data regardless of integration time with OSC. Why can’t you have this with Mono and filter wheel too (at least if you have a motorised one using a sequencer)? I know there is the argument that you should focus between each filter but I’ve also read that it’s only really critical for your Lum to be in focus for the detail. So if time weather/ time is an issue why not set up a sequence of exposures that just rotate through the filters? Sure you won’t have critically focussed RGB but then it’s a compromise you can surely accept for a ‘complete’ image? I mean OSC must be making that compromise in every exposure anyway?
  5. The seller is in the UK. You should check out the classified forum on Cloudy Nights if you are a member there.
  6. Hi David, I’m trying to work out if your pockets are in fact as deep as the Mariana Trench or if you robbed ZWO of all their stock. Either way this is an impressive collection and you are certainly offering the forum members fabulous deals!
  7. Let’s be fair here he says nothing of the sorts. He actually states the point of the video was to demonstrate how PixInsight utilises multiple cores and threading to speed up processing time (which was the point of the OP), not that you need that Mac to do it. We we are all free to choose the hardware to do the job as is he. I’ve actually found him to be the most knowledgeable of the YouTube astrophotographers. Worth a follow.
  8. Good choice The HEQ5 is a tried and tested mount with good support on here. You’ll also be able to put a decent sized refractor or newt on it if you decide to upgrade your 72ED in the future too.
  9. Looks like Dylan O’Donnell recently made a similar upgrade decision as you.
  10. This is what I was getting at, although I didn’t want to quote specs I had been given as it was not my place to do so. I’m not an engineer but I can’t see why the ‘upgrades’ couldn’t have been added to the existing CEM40. Also, looking at the expected retail price there’s every chance it will be squeezed by the cheaper CEM40 offering and the competitively priced CEM60.
  11. I would call it having a grumble (albeit laced with sarcasm) rather than having a go. It’s ok to have a grumble, even a go if the situation merits it. The average consumer hardly ever has the full picture at their disposal and in Mr niall’s defence I don’t think he may have seen FLO’s post regarding the rises. It was probably one price one day and another the next. I’m sure we’ve all experienced frustration at sudden price rises. You even voiced it yourself in your position as a retailer. In the absence of any further information it’s only natural that those frustrations are directed to the next in the chain (consumer > retailer > manufacturer). Whilst we all appreciate FLO sponsor this site and play a huge part in what I consider the best astro community on the net, I don’t think it’s healthy to suggest any negative opinion of FLO should be suppressed based purely on that fact (and I’m sure FLO agree). FWIW I think FLO’s business model is spot on and highlights their place as the UK’s no.1 retailer. A strong loyal following supported by their 1st class customer service and interactions on this site. Coupled with a pricing regime that keeps the regulars coming back whilst also attracting those ‘one off’ buyers that must make or break a business in this niche market.
  12. You could always leave the stacking to run overnight then it’s ready for you whenever. Sounds like you’ve made your mind up to upgrade though and it wouldn’t be a bad investment anyway.
  13. I think you’re on the right track with what you are looking at. I’m not familiar with the EQ5 or EQM35 but either should do the job for the 72ED. I think I’d plump for the EQM35 if you pushed me since it seems to be a modular mount and very portable. If you really wanted to future proof yourself and could stretch the budget a bit, then the HEQ5 or iOptron CEM25p would be ideal. By the way, the link you sent for the flattener is actually an adapter for the flattener. The actual flattener is: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-85x-reducerflattener-for-evostar-72ed-pro.html That might impact on your budget a bit. If it does give priority to the mount. If you already have a DSLR and lenses use them then buy a telescope later
  14. That was my first year out of school and I had just signed a professional contract with my local football club. I remember being fixated by it while the others continued to train after a quick glance. I think my head has been stuck in the clouds since then. It’s no wonder I never really made it as a footballer
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