Dedicated M43 Astronomy camera

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by RenaudVL, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 21, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    Here is my first image from the ZWO ASI1600 COOLED COLOR.
    Is the first astro-imaging M43 dedicated camera. From what I have read, it is the same sensor as the E-M1, cooled in this case to -20C.
    35x 300sec on the Pelican nebula...

    Needles to say that I am ecstatic about this camera...

    Enjoy

    PeliIdas_zpsdad1ne2a.
     
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  2. Nathanael

    Nathanael Mu-43 Veteran

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    This is cool
     
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  3. georgian82

    georgian82 Mu-43 Regular

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    Awesome picture Renaud!

    How do you control the shutter? I assume you need a laptop to work it?

    Thanks for sharing!


    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 mobile app
     
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  5. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Thanks, yes, you need a computer/laptop and the appropriate imaging software to use it. In this case I used Sequence Generator Pro.


    Not really, it's more then likely the other way around. This is a pretty standard look for a astro-imaging camera...
     
  6. robcee

    robcee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Rob Campbell
    this is fantastic. thanks for sharing!

    istr a previous thread where you were investigating this, and had a slightly tricked-out EM10 for astro work. I'm intrigued.

    edited to add: especially impressed with the color balance on this. The stars look right, especially compared to other references of the pelican nebula. Wikipedia's entry is skewed more yellow.

    Pelican Nebula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  7. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 21, 2011
    Thanks, much appreciated...

    Yes I did some testing with an EM10 and was planning on modify it. I have modified many many camera for asrto-imaging. After opening the EM10 I realized it was to risky form me, a few very small solder point to be undone and redone made me backed out...

    Color balancing is one of the challenge in astro-imaging, I do think I got this one right!!! ;0)
     
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  8. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Does it actually have an m4/3 mount or is it just a 4/3 sensor for telescopes?
     
  9. magicaxeman

    magicaxeman Mu-43 Regular

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    Ian
    Its a 4/3 sensor in an Astro cam body, no M4/3 mount
     
  10. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    indysteve Mu-43 Regular

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  12. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
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    Barry
    One would have to make sure the lens is focused at infinity first, for electronic lenses.

    Barry
     
  13. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Phillip L Jones
    Nice capture of the Pelican Nebula. Colors look good. Nebula structure is well-defined.

    I almost pre-ordered the monochrome version, but 2 things kept me from doing so:

    1) no motorized filter wheel
    2) people using other ZWO models report issues with ZWO drivers/software (similar to issues QHY owners' experiences)

    What telescope were you using? Looking at your stars, I presume you were using an ED refractor. What mount? Did you dither your guiding?

    I have a QSI690 CCD camera, but the FOV on that ASI1600 sure is tempting.
     
  14. RenaudVL

    RenaudVL Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Thanks Phillip,
    I haven't had any issues with the ascom driver so far.
    My telescope is a Televue NP101is and my mount is a Vixen SXP.
    Imaging session controlled with Sequence Generator Pro guided with PHD2 with dithering option.
     
  15. VisualUniverse

    VisualUniverse Mu-43 Rookie

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    Phillip L Jones
    Ah...the NP101is is an excellent imaging refractor. Nice setup!

    Looks like ZWO is about to release a motorized filter wheel, so maybe I'll get the camera. Where do you display your astrophotos? I'm on AstroBin:
    Phillip Jones's gallery | AstroBin