What planetary imaging cameras can you recommend for around £150?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Scope Doctor solves your practical astronomy ailments.

ZWO ASI 120MC-S USB 3.0 colour camera. Credit: ZWO Company
Published: March 13, 2020 at 8:53 pm
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What planetary imaging cameras can you recommend for around £150?

Steve says: "For planetary imaging you have the choice of a one-shot colour camera or a mono camera plus a set of colour filters.


The latter can capture all the colours in a single shot, which means you don’t get any problems caused by the planetary subject rotating on its axis in between images taken with different filters. You can also keep below your budget by not buying filters.

The ZWO ASI 120MC-S USB 3.0 colour camera (pictured above) just fits into your budget.

Planetary and deep-sky imaging are pretty much mutually exclusive but the included 150° lens would allow you to capture some fascinating wide-field Milky Way and constellation images.

It’s £20 over your budget but the Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 colour camera is another option."


Email Steve your astronomy queries to scopedoctor@skyatnightmagazine.com.


Astronomer Steve Richards
Steve RichardsAstronomer and author

Steve Richards is a DIY astronomy expert and author of Making Every Photon Count: A Beginner’s Guide to Deep Sky Astrophotography.

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