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Old 23-08-2007, 10:26 AM
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Want to buy a CCD Imager

Looking to buy a ccd imager. Have looked at the Meade deep sky imager w/autostar suite ($99) ,Celestrons nextimage ($99),Orions Starshoot solar system color imager 2 ($179) ,Orions New starshoot deep space imager 2 ($699), SAC 7 ccd camera ($398) and some of the ones that are in the thousands of $$$. I have a Celestron CPC 8" Scope and want to know if any one has any recomondations for me. So far I am kind of leaning towards the Orions Starshoot Deep Sky Imager for $699,because I would like to do some DSI along with planetery also. Has anyone have one or any of the ones I listed that can give my some advise....Roger
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Old 23-08-2007, 10:47 AM
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I don't have much knowledge about the cameras you have mentioned as I use a home built CCD based on the Audine camera but there is another not too expensive option that gives you better size sensors etc than the modified webcams. It is a QHY6 found at http://www.qhyccd.com/QHY6.html
Take a look at the forum on that page. Plenty of US people are using them.
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Old 24-08-2007, 08:24 AM
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Thankyou I will check it out...
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Old 24-08-2007, 08:44 AM
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Hey there.

Personally I wouldn't look for an imager that can do both solar system and deep sky. The criteria you look for in an imager is different for each of those type of targets.

I reckon you need to decide what you want to image more (deep sky or the planets/moon), and then look for the best imager you can afford.

If you want to do deep-sky, your options are:
- DSI/DSI II
- Orion Starshoot
- DSLR
- and others

For solar system, your options are:
- ToUcam Pro II/900nc
- DMK/DBK 21AF04
- Lumenera SkyNyx/Infinity
- PTGrey Research DragonFly Express
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Old 24-08-2007, 08:49 AM
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I thankyou for the advice...
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Old 24-08-2007, 11:07 AM
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I agree with Mike, though I have found that the DMK does a very acceptable job with Deepsky for a planetary camera.
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Webcam as imager

Recently I purchased a 1280*1024 webcam (USB2) from Rockby Electronics in Clayton VIC for the princely sum of $19.00. The lense just screws out and I already had an adaptor to suit our Meade LX90. The Lunar eclipse will see it used for the first time, if the pics are good I will post them here.

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Old 27-08-2007, 07:08 PM
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Nice one bugwhiskers, I hope it works out.

However, I'd suggest you give it a trial run on the almost full moon tonight. You don't want to be learning during the eclipse
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Old 27-08-2007, 07:39 PM
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The Gstar-Ex is a nice little camera. Deep Sky and Planetary. Check out some of the images captured with it here.
http://www.myastroshop.com.au/guides/gstar/index.htm
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Hi

You might like to look at:

http://www.optcorp.com/ProductList.aspx?uid=319-320-445

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