Starting to come to grips with my revolution imager. So being impatient I'm thinking about the next step in cameras. Posting here as I'm thinking a dedicated digital camera (an atik infinity or 414 or ultrastar or whatever if I win the lottery) to complement my analogue camera. Then I'd have the analogue for quick viewing with the monitor and a bit of live stacking - the digital for higher res images. It was a longer term plan to get one, so I've been gradually looking up what I can about the digital cameras.
But now, I've seen someone selling off their lodestar C autoguider. Anyone used these for DSOs ? Is this a step forwards ? Or is it a sideways/backwards step into old, outdated equipment ? And I'd be better off saving my bickies for something better, later on ?
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2016 6:34:52 GMT by ChrisV: Bored
This is, in my opinion, a very exciting time for Video Astronomy. New vendors are jumping into the game. The software innovations are going through the roof. There are some excellent cameras coming out on the market that are some of the most sensitive, high resolution, and wide field we have ever seen. Sure, most are very expensive, but you usually get what you pay for. The other part is the software. Boy has that exploded with all kinds of stacking and processing options available on the fly. For the budget minded, the improvements in software mean that you can buy a used "older generation" camera and make it jump through hoops using the new software.
I have seen plenty of nice images from the Lodestar cameras, that's for sure.
I need another color camera myself but I may have to start getting rid of some. I am waiting to see more pictures from the new cameras out before I make a decision.