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Get started in video astronomy

Mallincam's SkyRaider DS2.3 Plus is adept at both solar system and deep-sky video imaging.
I can recall precisely the date that I fell in love with using a video camera for astronomical viewing. It was August 26, 2010, the first night I looked at the Moon through an old security camera that I had jury-rigged to my telescope.

Back in 2010, there were few commercially available astro-video camera choices, but that situation has changed. More recent cameras generally have filled specific roles, like cameras with high frame rates for solar system imaging, or those with high sensitivity and low noise for deep-sky work. But few were good at both. That is, until now.

Last year I had an opportunity to try out the Mallincam SkyRaider DS2.3 Plus. During the six months that I had the camera, I tested it on a variety of celestial targets, on a range of telescopes, and under both light-polluted and dark skies.

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