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Offline midnight_lightning

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AutoGuiding Camera
« on: 21:44:51, 16 May, 2016 »

I'm now ready to start auto guiding and have been researching cameras but as usual I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed with information and am hoping for some pointers.

I will be using HEQ5, Esprit 80/400, D750 (FF DSLR) and SW 9*50 right angle finder scope, and am proposing to use PHD2 which interfaces to Backyard Nikon.
(Longer term I will be looking for a longer telescope for galaxies and a CCD imaging camera)

I know Rofus and others speak highly of the Lodestar x2 and whilst it's a lot of £ for me I am keen to get a reliable and simple set up as possible so willing to splash out if this I the best solution in the price range.

So, I'm really wondering whether anyone would suggest anything else, cheaper would be good but my time is valuable so I don't want to skimp and have avoidable issues.

I'm also wondering how to choose colour or black and white ? Can these cameras be used for imaging, is that the choice?

Thanks

Mid
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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #1 on: 22:29:05, 16 May, 2016 »
Mid

Lodestar X2 Mono every time, unless you fancy going the extra step to the SupaStar!

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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #2 on: 06:59:08, 17 May, 2016 »
Lodestar is the best for autoguiding but my thinking is that if you can do autoguiding well enough with a camera AND do something else with it (like planetary imaging) , and cheaper than lodestar, then that's my choice.
So my camera now is ASI120MM which still is good for both purposes. QHY5L-II is another similar product.
Just my 2 cents.
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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #3 on: 09:06:14, 17 May, 2016 »
QHY5l-II or Altair GPcam is your best value for money bet.
Yes they can be used for imaging, very good for planetary imaging, not so good for DSO.
For guiding you want mono to get best sensitivity so there a better choice of guide stars, but colour if your on a tight budget and want planetary use too.

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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #4 on: 09:55:23, 17 May, 2016 »
Great feedback, thanks for that. I'm not intending to do any planetary so I think I need to dig deep and go with the lodestar.
Cheers
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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #5 on: 11:02:22, 17 May, 2016 »
If you're off-axis guiding a large scope then I would not hesitate to recommend the Lodestar, but for your refractor? Not needed. A GPCAM or QHY5 would be fine.

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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #6 on: 22:50:15, 20 May, 2016 »
I've recently gone OAG (on a frac) with a Lodestar x2 and would recommend it all the way !

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Re: AutoGuiding Camera
« Reply #7 on: 20:53:14, 14 September, 2016 »
Thanks for all the advice, I went for the Lodestar in the end and am very pleased with it - rock solid with PHD2 so far.
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