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What would be a good first dedicated astro camera?


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Hi,

I've been doing astro with my Canon 700D for a few months now and it has been amazing and produced some really nice images.

Im looking into getting my first dedicated astro camera, but have no idea where to begin.

I would like to keep the price around £600-£800.

Any suggestions?

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4 minutes ago, _steffastrostuff_ said:

Hi,

I've been doing astro with my Canon 700D for a few months now and it has been amazing and produced some really nice images.

Im looking into getting my first dedicated astro camera, but have no idea where to begin.

I would like to keep the price around £600-£800.

Any suggestions?

Hi there,

Welcome to the hobby! It would be good to know what equipment you currently have, where you image from and what night sky targets you have in mind.

Cheers

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1 minute ago, SyedT said:

Hi there,

Welcome to the hobby! It would be good to know what equipment you currently have, where you image from and what night sky targets you have in mind.

Cheers

Scope - SW 200pds

Mount - SW heq5

Camera - Canon 700D

Guiding - ZWO ASI120mm mini

 

I image from the northern hemisphere in B4 on my patio

I would like to image mainly galaxies and nebulae and some lunar

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On 10/02/2021 at 11:50, _steffastrostuff_ said:

Scope - SW 200pds

Mount - SW heq5

Camera - Canon 700D

Guiding - ZWO ASI120mm mini

 

I image from the northern hemisphere in B4 on my patio

I would like to image mainly galaxies and nebulae and some lunar

Sorry about the delay, work has kept me busy!

You're lucky to have Bortle 4 skies, that will really help in terms of capturing fainter details. In terms of cameras, you can try one of the ZWO or QHY colour cameras. I'd personally start with a colour sensor simply because of your budget, as with a mono camera you'll then need a filter wheel and filters which will increase costs considerably. 

Two websites to use to make your decision would be: https://astronomy.tools/calculators/field_of_view/ and https://astronomy.tools/calculators/ccd_suitability

The first one will allow you to match various cameras with your scope and see what different targets will look like. The second one offers a way to check whether sampling will be adequate, as undersampling can lead to blocky stars, and oversampling can effectively reduce your field of view. The ZWO 294MC or the QHY 294C are ones to consider. Although brand new they are over your budget, used ones do pop up from time to time. 

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On 11/02/2021 at 13:37, SyedT said:

Sorry about the delay, work has kept me busy!

You're lucky to have Bortle 4 skies, that will really help in terms of capturing fainter details. In terms of cameras, you can try one of the ZWO or QHY colour cameras. I'd personally start with a colour sensor simply because of your budget, as with a mono camera you'll then need a filter wheel and filters which will increase costs considerably. 

Two websites to use to make your decision would be: https://astronomy.tools/calculators/field_of_view/ and https://astronomy.tools/calculators/ccd_suitability

The first one will allow you to match various cameras with your scope and see what different targets will look like. The second one offers a way to check whether sampling will be adequate, as undersampling can lead to blocky stars, and oversampling can effectively reduce your field of view. The ZWO 294MC or the QHY 294C are ones to consider. Although brand new they are over your budget, used ones do pop up from time to time. 

Okay, i'll take a look

Thank you for your time and help!

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