Dedicated Camera Systems

Long exposures and dim subjects demand careful camera choice.

Many astrophotographers sensibly start with their current digital camera and later on, when they wish to progress, contemplate a dedicated model. The earlier chapter Imaging Hardware briefly considered the generic options with which to choose a consumer or dedicated camera, including sensor size, pixel pitch and general configurations. At that point, it was too soon to go under the hood and understand their detailed workings, pros, cons and all within the context of making real images in real conditions.

Before any discussion on model choice, a few home truths are in order; even in conventional digital photography, we have reached a point that the differences ...

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