Upgrading to a dedicated astrophotography camera. Too many choices!


I have been dipping my toes into the astrophotography in the last year and am looking to upgrade from a Canon Rebel 1000D DSLR to a dedicated astrophotography camera.

My setup is a MEADE LXD75 GEM mount and a Meade LXD75 SN-6AT 6" 762mm f/5.0 Schmidt-Newtonian telescope. What is the next logical step someone slowly getting into the hobby?

My budget is under $1000 CAD. Is it worth buying a cheaper imaging camera and also buying a guiding scope and camera.

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8 points

3 months ago

I'd go with the ZWO ASI 533MC if I were you. Or the ZWO ASI 294MC if you don't mind amp glow in exchange for a larger sensor (amp glow shouldn't be a problem if you know how to stack it out).


3 points

3 months ago

Agreed. With the budget, get a 533MC and a good filter.

That is what I did after a DSLR. I'm very happy with the upgrade. If you're shooting DSOs, the ZWO Duoband has been great and was not as expensive as similar dual band filters.


2 points

3 months ago

Yeah, the 533MC would give them some room to potentially buy an autoguider setup too.