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Old 02-09-2012, 10:55 AM
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Ok, after the fun i have had with my little SPC900 as a guide camera i have decided to upgrade to a better guide camera. Choice seem to be the Orion Starshoot Guider or a QHY5, both been almost identical i felt i would go with a QHY5.
After actually looking into this i see there are a few different flavours of the QHY5, that been the QHY5-guider, QHY5V and the QHY5T.

All been around the same price, I feel that the QHY5T is the best option of the 3 been 3MP, colour (not that is matters but can be used for other things) and the option of 2x2binning...

Specs:

QHY5T

3.0 mega pixel Color CMOS camera for lunar/solar Imaging

Main Features
Sensor: Micron 1/2inch MT9T001
Active pixels: 2048x1536
Pixel Size: 3.2um x 3.2um square
Support 2x2 hardware Color Binning
USB2.0 High Speed 24Mpixel/sec
Supports Various ROI capture
Uncompressed Video data output
Builit in Guide port, Optically isolated
Progressive Scan sensor
Telescope Interface: M42/0.75
Filter interface: M28.5/0.5 for 1.25inch Filter
Size: 64mm diameter 26.5-32mm length

Any opinions are valued on this as i am a complete noob (as some of you know from astrofest...)
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:04 AM
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Josh, I would suggest you talk to Theo at Gama Electronics, as he is the local dealer.
When I bought mine, he suggested the mono version because of its better sensitivity
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:25 PM
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Agreed. For a guide cam, think you're better off with mono. Bit more sensitivity.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:29 PM
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save your pennies and get a lodestar guide camera
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:52 PM
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i was thinking that too david...i saw yours running an was pretty impressed...but alas...i am a poor photocopier repair man so i gotta spread my budget out...
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:16 PM
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Quality remains long after price is forgotten. Hard to go past a lodestar
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:21 PM
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i was thinking that too david...i saw yours running an was pretty impressed...but alas...i am a poor photocopier repair man so i gotta spread my budget out...
its worth the wait, save the pennies or watch the for sales for a good price
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Yes - I have a Lodestar & it has the additional benefit of being able to work with an OAG.
My old Orion SSAG would only guide on rare very bright stars with an OAG.
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