Camera choice

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Camera choice

Post by rthorntn » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:40 am

G'day from Sydney!

I'm new to Solar imaging so please be gentle.

I have no real budget but I already have a few cameras lying around:
  • Canon EOS RP (this is probably bad because of wasting colour pixels [bayer] but it does have a lot of pixels)
  • Point Grey Blackfly, Mono ICX692, GigE
  • Point Grey Chameleon, Mono ICX445, USB2
I read that best results on the LS60 are with ~3µm pixels.

Obviously mono is ideal but do the PTGreys only being ~1MP put them at a disadvantage to the 20MP Canon, sorry if this is a stupid question?

I see from the forum that people are using the Chameleon, the Blackfly could be interesting if the GigE works it could be faster than USB2?

Would I use SharpCap?

If I'm using one of the PTGrey cams would I just need a T2-CS adapter, or would I need anything else, like a barlow or extension tubes?

Thanks.
Richard


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Re: Camera choice

Post by marktownley » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:51 am

Hi there and welcome to the forum Richard!

Either of those point greys are a great starting point, I wouldn't recommend the Canon. You can use sharpcap or firecapture, I personally prefer the latter. You will need a c-1.25" adapter.

Let us know how you get on.

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Re: Camera choice

Post by rthorntn » Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:20 am

marktownley wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:51 am
You will need a c-1.25" adapter.
Thanks Mark, much appreciated, just wanted to confirm that I can achieve prime focus with a c-1.25, I do see people chatting about needing to attach cameras directly to the T2 threads on the LS60 to get prime focus but that might just be for SLR's...


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Re: Camera choice

Post by krakatoa1883 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:21 pm

Chameleon is a great camera for solar although the sensor is small. The USB 2.0 version seems now discontinued but it may still be found.

With my Lunt 50 I need to attach the camera to the T2 thread by means of a short C-T2 adapter to reach focus, don't know if needed with LS60 too.


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