Before I can get into DSO imaging with my ASI174MM and FireCapture I first need to learn how to use FireCapture! In my previous post in this series I explained my placement of the light pollution filter in line with the RGB filter wheel. So far this looks like it will be the most promising arrangement when attempting to use my ASI174MM for DSO imaging.
Ever since I got into doing astrophotography, I've been imaging with a DSLR. My very first attempts were with a Nikon D7000, and then I quickly switched to a Canon T3i. I was comfortable with it, largely because of Backyard EOS. Now, as I have grown in my skills, I'm ready for a new camera with specialized features. I'm ready for the ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome Planetary Imaging Camera. I'm ready to kick some ass!
For this review, I'm going to spend my time writing about my decision to buy the Canon T3i, how it performs as an astrophotography camera, as well as some other things I've used it for. I won't go into any of the technical specifications because there are probably a million websites out there that have the exact same information. Besides, I'm pretty sure that if you're reading this, you either don't care about the technical details, or you already know them. Either way, covering them would be a waste of your time.
When I first unboxed my CGEM, my first impression was... Well the picture of me standing next to it says it all! The look of the mount was superb, and there were no blemishes that I could find. This thing is very sturdy, too. The tripod and the equatorial mount alone weighs in at close to 70 pounds.