The camera is flawless and easy to setup, I need to up my skills and I believe this is the camera to help get me there. Thanks to OPT for their awesome service and quick shipping from California to North Carolina......................clear skys
As time goes by, and I log more and more hours on my 294, I realize what a valuable tool it is. Along with my ASIAIR pro and 120MM, I’ve been able to take the photos I’ve always dreamed of. When I can afford it, I’m sure I’ll upgrade to a cooled camera, but this camera will never use it’s usefulness. I’ll keep posting reviews as long as you let me, and I’m sure you’ll see the improvements in my photos. I thank you for all of your help.
I’ve finally had the time to get some guided exposures under my belt now, and will upload more pictures later, but this is a stack of 12, 220 second exposures at 135 gain through my 6” f/6.9 Newtonian using PHD2 and my little ASI120MM. I added darks but no other subs and did editing in gimp and on my ipad. I have since had a breakthrough with my ASIAIR and have communication with my mount, so many more guided photos will be forthcoming from my 294 uncooled.
I received my camera very promptly, and now that I’ve had a little time to get used to it, I can say that I am very happy with it. I have had limited success using my ASIAIR with the camera, having so far controlled the camera, polar alignment, and plate solving. Attached are a couple of unguided pictures, one is a stack of 22, 45 second exposures, and the other is a stack of 20, 3 minute exposures.
I have been getting pretty good results with the ASI294MC; but its 4.63ųm pixel-size is a bit small for my Schmidt-Cassegrain 8-inch telescope. I would need more like a 6ųm pixel-size and a 9ųm would be just fine. Unfortunately, not too many if these cameras around for under $100,000.00 I was looking at a 152mm Refractor and that seems to be a perfect focal-length selection for this camera. You live and learn, I guess.