Best Planetary Camera
This is a great little camera, so much lighter than my DSLR, and a lot easier to use.
My inside tests are looking pretty good, but unfortunately, the weather here has been terible & I'm still getting everything setup to do my telescope & picture taking setup done. Hope to do it soon & we'll see if all works well
Wow the UV
I don't think I've quite figured out everything you can do with this camera but it seems super capable (right now on a 5" Mak) - One recommendation I would have is to include a package with an IR/UV cut filter.
Excellent camera, poor support
The camera apparently performed flawlessly, but the software ZWO encourages customers to download does not work with my laptop’s operating system, Windows Vista. This was a huge disappointment. I downloaded a third-party program that could use the camera to make video files, but that system didn’t allow the camera that make images of the proper speed. Another program that I own, MaxIM DL, allowed photos at the correct speed but would not make a video. — Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
Excellent results in planetary and lunar images
I have recently tested the ASI 462MC in planetary, solar and lunar photography with excellent results. The 462 MC requires the use of UV-IR cut filters for color shots and an IR pass filter for monochromatic luminances and to reduce the effects of atmospheric turbulence. As specified by ZWO, the 462MC has high QE in visible and IR, allowing the use of small diameter instruments in IR captures without appreciable loss of resolution. It has a high frame rate, achieving without problems 60 FPS at full resolution in optimal conditions. The 462 makes a perfect match with the ASTRONOMIK pro Planet 807 IR pass filter, allowing to take advantage of the IR peaks at 825nm in the RGGB channels simultaneously and obtaining monochrome images of high definition and contrast. In lunar photography in visual and IR, the result is an excellent and smooth gradation of tones that can then be post-processed to suit the user. I only see one detail when comparing the ZWO 462 with the QHY version. QHY offers the UV-IR cut filter and the 850nm IR pass filter for the same price. Indeed, the QHY has the disadvantage of having a diameter of 1.25 "while the ZWO has a more universal design with M42 thread. In conclusion, I love the 462MC