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Advice on cameras

Post by Brendan » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:42 pm

Hi all, I'm looking to get a new camera to use on my Lunt50 and an 8" Herschel newtonian I'm building, I've only got £600 so fairly limited in choice, I've heard a camera with a Sony chip is best at reducing newton rings (something I currently suffer with when using 3x tele-extender) been looking at Celestron Skyris 236m, any advice would be gratefully received, by the way I'm using a Macbook air (partitioned) with firecapture at the moment.
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Post by marktownley » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:13 pm

Hi Brendan,

At that price I would recommend a PGR grasshopper. Don't go near the Skyris IMHO! Speak to Rupert at Astrograph http://astrograph.net/epages/www_astrog ... Categories

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Post by Montana » Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:43 pm

I second that but have a read of this too

http://solarchat.natca.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17660

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Post by Brendan » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:50 pm

Thanks, looks like I will just have to save a bit harder and go for Marks recommendation. Thanks for you replies
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Post by marktownley » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:15 pm

Do speak to Rupert though at Astrograph too, he's the man for cameras! :)
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Post by Brendan » Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:17 pm

Will do, thanks Mark
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Post by Astrograph » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:36 pm

Dear Brendan

I hope your having a good Christmas....

Newtons rings are not something that PGR cameras seem prone to BUT it is as much about the whole scope / camera combination and manufacturers implementation that causes the trouble. Sony chips are not immune. ZWO, QHY and Imaging Source cameras (inc Celestron) all seem prone to rings. I can only say that I have never suffered from them with PGR cameras but that does not mean that they cannot. They are easy enough to get rid of though.

PGR cameras (IMO) are lower noise and overall give better results than other brands I have tried. They also tend to be ahead of the game when working with the newest chipsets. The Grasshopper is the ultimate camera I think and now it starts at £650 with all leads, inc Genika Astro it is a very good value. If this is the upper end of your budget, also consider the Blackfly range as this is nearly half the price. The chips used have the same performance except for frame rate.

If you need to know any specifics, please feel free to ask

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Re: Advice on cameras

Post by Brendan » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:39 pm

Thanks for that Astrograph (Rupert?),
I have made my mind up to go for the Grasshopper U3 32s4m @£650 but will not be able to order for a week or two (need to replenish funds), I have use of a PGR Flea3 the society has just bought, but the skies have not been good since we received it (hoping to try it tomorrow). I considered the Blackfly and may be tempted if funds fall short. Be in touch soon.
All the best.
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Post by marktownley » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:09 pm

You won't be disappointed with the choice Brendan :)
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Re: Advice on cameras

Post by Brendan » Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:00 pm

Well, camera has finally arrived, now where is the Sun!
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Post by marktownley » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:08 pm

What is this sun you speak of?
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