After taking the first few planetary images using the mono QHY5L-II camera, I quickly started thinking about the best way for me to acquire images in colour.

I had two choices – either get a filter wheel with RGB filters to use with my existing mono camera, or purchase a colour camera instead. Although advanced imagers often use mono cameras with filters, it is a bit more work and hassle. You need to switch filters tree times to get an RGB image, all while making sure the focus is dead on between each filter change. With a colour camera, this process is really simplified. With a single high speed video, your imaging session is complete. I heard rave reviews about the IMX224 sensor, and decided to purchase the QHYCCD version of the popular camera.

Review of the QHY224C Planetary/Guide CMOS camera

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