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.
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.