Camera recommendation < $500

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Camera recommendation < $500

Post by Starry Jack » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:55 pm

What camera in the $500 range do you like for the equipment below?

SCOPES:
  • Explore Scientific 152mm f6.5 native (2” or 1/25” eyepiece holder)
    Nexstar
  • 4SE Maksutov f13 native (1.25” eyepiece holder)
H-ALPHA
  • PST Stage 2 (original BF eyepiece holder) with 1:7 Baader glasspath for f11 native, f17-f22 Barlow’ed)
  • Quark Combo (on the way hopefully) which I can use with a PowerMate 5x for the refractor to get f32 and f60 for the Mak
ERF
  • 6” Aeries D-ERF bi-band (H-Alpha, Calcium) which I can put on either scope
FILTERS
  • 12nm H-alpha
    UV/IR Cut (Baader)
CAMERAS: 3 different color cameras from Mallincam
  • DSC10c (Color; 10MP; Sony IMX294; global shutter; * 21.63mm Diagonal Sensor Size
    * Resolution Sizes:
    - 4096 X 2160, 38 FPS @0.100ms
    - 3704 X 2778, 35 FPS @ 0.100 ms
    - 2048 X 1080, 70 FPS @ 0.100ms
    - 1360 X 720, 100 FPS @ 0.100ms
  • AG1.2c (Color; 3.x um pixel size), 1/3” sensor
  • SLP (Color 2.5um pixel size 1/3” sensor)
MISC
  • 2x barlows (2” and 1.25”)
    Focal reducers (2” and 1.25”)
    Solar Film (Baader)
Thank you,
Explore Scientific 152mm f6.5 achromat
Aeries D-ERF
Quark Chromosphere f27 native, (f14 when focal reduced)
Mallincam .5x focal reducer (large format)
ZWO174 (IMX249 chip 5um)
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Re: Camera recommendation < $500

Post by marktownley » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:29 pm

One camera does not fit all! You have a variety of combinations there equipment wise too. I think I would get an IMX249 sensor on USB3 to give you the 5.86um pixels suitable for the Quark and your 6" scope. This should be around the $500 line. If you can free up some more cash the IMX174 sensor will give you the benefit of faster frame rate which most definitely helps at these long focal ratios.

Given what you've got equipment wise already, i'd get a Baader solar film filter ($25) to get you into white light, seeing as we're heading to the start of a solar cycle where spots should be appearing more readily.
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Re: Camera recommendation < $500

Post by Starry Jack » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:36 pm

Thank you Mark!
Interestingly if I have that sensor and USB3 but it is color. I also have the basset silar film but have frankly forgotten how I used it successfully before but it is a great reminder for me!

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Explore Scientific 152mm f6.5 achromat
Aeries D-ERF
Quark Chromosphere f27 native, (f14 when focal reduced)
Mallincam .5x focal reducer (large format)
ZWO174 (IMX249 chip 5um)
Huge Sense of Adventure Viewing Creation

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Re: Camera recommendation < $500

Post by Starry Jack » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:38 pm

Related question,
My wife is getting tired of me building things and my last PST mod is not behaving too well so that is why I thought I would try the quark route. I have not purchased it yet though. Would it make more sense to get a nicer camera and a BF 10 or BF 15 and finish the mod correctly??
Explore Scientific 152mm f6.5 achromat
Aeries D-ERF
Quark Chromosphere f27 native, (f14 when focal reduced)
Mallincam .5x focal reducer (large format)
ZWO174 (IMX249 chip 5um)
Huge Sense of Adventure Viewing Creation

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Re: Camera recommendation < $500

Post by marktownley » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:01 am

You really need the monochrome route for solar cameras. It is likely your spacings are not right for your PST mod.
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Re: Camera recommendation < $500

Post by Starry Jack » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:04 pm

Thanks, Mark. I am absolutely looking for a monochrome camera.
Explore Scientific 152mm f6.5 achromat
Aeries D-ERF
Quark Chromosphere f27 native, (f14 when focal reduced)
Mallincam .5x focal reducer (large format)
ZWO174 (IMX249 chip 5um)
Huge Sense of Adventure Viewing Creation

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