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By: Anonymous: tim_rein () on Thursday, December 11 2008 @ 12:13 pm EST (Read 7014 times)  
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Hi all,

Looking for opinions here, the Orion StarShoot II color CCD camera is now on sale for $300. Is this a good camera? Anyone have any experience with it?

Thanks in advance,
Tim





       
   
By: Bill Dahlenburg (offline) on Sunday, December 14 2008 @ 10:21 pm EST  
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Tim,
Was thinking of that myself due to the problems with the Meade cameras and Windows Vista. I believe Simon has another version of the Orion Starshoot. We'll have to ask his opinion.

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By: M_morgan (offline) on Wednesday, December 17 2008 @ 06:17 pm EST  
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Hello Bill,

Three hundred for a cooled CCD is definitely a deal. That said, I've never really met a cheap color CCD that I liked, including the StarShoot. The plus side is that the camera is fairly light weight and can be operated with a single USB cable (the second cable is power for cooling). The other good point is that it is also available in a mono version for the same price. The mono version is probably a lot more sensitive, most likely make an excellent guide camera (still at a great price point) once you move on to bigger and better things. Heck, I'm tempted to buy one myself.

Warning this my opinion, FWIW. I have used the Orion color CCD, but not their monochrome camera. I have used other cameras with the Sony 1/2" chip and they performed well.


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By: Bill Dahlenburg (offline) on Wednesday, December 17 2008 @ 08:03 pm EST  
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Thanks Mike, I was looking at the mono version last night and trying to decide if I wanted to go the color filter wheel route. I think your right - probably better resolution and sensitivity on the mono version. Looks like I'm sliding down the slippery slope.

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By: Anonymous: tim_rein () on Saturday, December 20 2008 @ 09:41 am EST  
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Hi all,

I guess my question has been answered, thanks, but it brings another two questions:

I currently shoot with the Meade LPI, the CCD sensor is not much bigger in the STarShoot II, so am I going to see a big improvement?

Also, am I going to be able to shoot DSO's with this camera or that left for the big boy cameras?

Thanks all,
Tim





       
   
By: M_morgan (offline) on Saturday, December 20 2008 @ 06:09 pm EST  
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[quote="tim_rein"]

I currently shoot with the Meade LPI, the CCD sensor is not much bigger in the STarShoot II, so am I going to see a big improvement?

Also, am I going to be able to shoot DSO's with this camera or that left for the big boy cameras?

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Where you'll see the improvement is dynamic range, lower noise and much longer exposure capability. Yes you will be able to image DSO's

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By: Bill Dahlenburg (offline) on Sunday, December 21 2008 @ 08:36 pm EST  
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Tim,

Just reading some reviews on this camera and it looks like there's a compatibility problem with a MAC. Ypu might want to check it out first.

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By: Anonymous: tim_rein () on Wednesday, December 24 2008 @ 09:53 am EST  
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Hi all,

OK another question - if I get the B&W version, how do I change the color filters without affecting the alignment of the camera and scope?

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By: Bill Dahlenburg (offline) on Wednesday, December 24 2008 @ 12:24 pm EST  
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Hey Tim,

That's easy - just spend more money. You'll need a color filter wheel and filters (extra $) to fit between the camera and focuser. The filter wheel comes in a manual and automatic version.

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By: Anonymous: tim_rein () on Wednesday, December 24 2008 @ 02:16 pm EST  
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Hi Bill,

Right, saw that gizmo...cost more than the camera does! I guess one-shot color is not too bad now Big Grin

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