The Orion StarShoot G3 Color imaging camera provides cutting-edge astrophotography technology at an unbelievably low price. If you've been thinking of exploring the rewarding realm of astrophotography, the StarShoot G3 Color imager is made for you!
Just 5 20 second exposures - through light clouds!
It's a nice little camera and takes good quality pictures. I didn't have any issues with drivers, although I only used to Orion software to take bias frames. In this price range you really can't beat it. The TEC is a nice feature but really the camera produces so little noise (CCD noise) I haven't seen the need for it. I did try it and the fan is very quiet. It seems they are including a 120V to 12V power source for the fan now. Of course the build quality is just what you expect from Orion, which is great. The only negatives I had is the chip size makes it a little challenging to get your target on it and with it being a one shot color the resolution suffers a little. But the only way around those issues is spending at least twice the money. I was capturing with my DSLR and this camera is a lot more sensitive, plus the file sizes are a lot more manageable.
Favorite viewing location: Driveway
Favorite object to observe: Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula
Pros: inexpensive way to get your feet wet, not having to go full on tri-filter, more sensitive than dslr
Cons: smaller ccd chip compared to more expensive ccd's
You can now easily mount two telescopes side by side on your mount by using the Orion Narrow Side-by-Side Plate. A perfect solution to simplify your guided astro-imaging setup by placing the guide telescope next to the imager, rather than above.
Do you need some more height on your SkyView Pro Mount? The Orion SkyView Pro Telescope Mount Extension raises the head of the mount 16" making it ideal for refractor use. It includes connecting plates and hardware.
Just what you need if you have a refractor or a cassegrain and don't want to be on the ground all night. Makes observing a lot more comfortable. Works great on my CG-5 mount also. The product is also of high quality as all of Orion's products seem to be.