Re: M42 from my future observatory site
Not all of them are bad. It is a game of camera roulette which I don't seem to win very often. 😉
The Gerd CTU is the right way to go, the built in "tilt plate" from ZWO is not very good at all. Your camera may be fine, and only need a tiny tweak to get it working perfectly. Others have had that experience, although I suspect its more of a F ratio thing. Faster = more problems when tilt is present. The smaller pixels on those cameras also bring their share of issues when tilt is present as well.
My plan is to stay on the sidelines for this IMX455 and allow other manufacturers to release theirs. Atik and SX are both working on one, and both of them take great care in ensuring their sensors are squared. For those wanting to buy now, I would suggest the QHY600. Its on sale too. :)
From: Terri Zittritsch <theresamarie11@...>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 10:50 AM
To: Bill Long <bill@...>
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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] M42 from my future observatory site
Hi Bill, thanks for letting me know.. I wish I would have found this on-line before I purchased because once I have my mind set… as soon as I saw the ad I pulled the trigger. I did search a bit and noticed people talking about the need for a big (68mm) tilt ring in front of AOG (which I have with the used package I found). Almost entirely the discussions I found were about vignetting, and not really high tilt. I do know there is the potential for light leakage around the 68mm tilt ring so need to fix that, but should not be a big issue. The guy I purchased from did suggest the Gerd Neumann CTU if I wanted a better tilt system for small amounts of tilt because the tilt ring is hard to adjust for small amounts of tilt. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. If I find it hard, I’ll get a Gerd Neumann CTU. With all I have invested, donuts are unacceptable.
I’d consider that much tilt, as your saying, a reason to return the camera.. wow. Did you talk to Sam (I think that’s him at ZWO)? Maybe he would have taken it back.
I just purchased 2” Chroma filter set (3nm nb), but still waiting for the OIII which was just shipped. I ordered my adapters from precise parts and will not get them till mid january.
I wonder if there is any way for me to test this now? Today I’m trying to wish the clouds away to get a view of the conjunction. We have the Vermont pea soup over us even thought astrospheric says it should have been clear since 10am until around 5pm. I’ve had one clear night in about 35 days.
I hope your skies are better!