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Old 14-07-2018, 04:24 PM
foc (Ross)
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I am not sure your interest includes planetary but the correlations here may flow to DSO cameras as well or simply be of interest to other beginners looking at basic planetary imagers. I have recently used the basic Toupcam gpcmos1200kpc and its kit to get some planetary images (in the holiday snapshot sort of league) inspired by the Mars approach. The native driver that come with the ToupTec and the Toupsky software does not seem to recognize ZWO cameras and visa versa if you go through Firecapture. Sure that could be easily overcome with appropriate ASCOM drivers etc. I saw significant amp glow when imaging the moon (as in a hot central area like there was an incandescent globe in use). It may just be my settings but I suspect, there is more amp glow in the basic uncooled Toupcams compared to their ZWO counterparts but, my even more recently acquired ZWO, has yet to be used on the moon where amp glow seemed an issue with my Toupcam. That is not to say you cannot get some good images with the Toupcam.

Although am not nearly experienced enough and too time poor to do a proper comparison so ymmd my impression is the more pricey ZWO ASI 120MC-S camera gives a better image than the basic kit toupcam. I have attached two AS!2 and registax 6 processed toupcam images covering Jupiter and Saturn (longer imaging period used for Saturn) and an initial Jupiter image from ZWO AS 120MC-S: JupJul 10 ASI_210808_g4_ap12.jpg all taken in short imaging sessions using an ETX-105
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