Astrophotography Equipment

Starlight Xpress SXVH9C ccd one shot color camera with thermoelectric cooling

 Starlight Xpress SXVH9C ccd camera

The Starlight Xpress SXVH9C ccd camera seemed three years ago to be the best camera for ease of use and quaity of images. It was a little pricey so I picked up a used one with an OPTEC .5x focal reducer for $2,000. It requires no dark frames with the cooling, is as sensitive as any camera, and requires only one pass in Astro Art 4.0 to stack and extract the color. With the .5x focal reducer I can frame all the galaxies, globular clusters, and planetary nebulae except M31 and M33 with my C11. For those, larger nebulae, and open clusters I use a C8 HyperStar 3. There are currently larger chip camers for less money available but I am not yet convinced of their quality or my need to have a larger field of view. I can shoot through my AT66ED at f/4.8 and get a slightly larger field (71.1' by 96.5'). The camera illuminates an 11 mm circle. The SXV-H9 monochrome camera gives better images but at extra cost and increased processing and exposure time for the color filters.

Astronomy and Birding Photography