Hi, could I get a bit of advice from someone? I am thinking of buying my first dedicated astro CCD. camera (moving up from a DSLR). I am considering the SBIG STF-8300 Mono. With the SBIG-FW5 filter wheel. It is tempting to go for the cheaper Starlight USB filter wheel but, as far as I can make out, to fully automate the capture process I would also need to purchase something like Maxim DL, (pro). The Starlight software looks fine as long as you are at, or near the scope but seems quite basic. SBIG’s bundled CCDOps looks more comprehensive running both the camera and the filter-wheel together. The other SBIG advantage being one less USB cable. The price difference is about £340 but I think it might be worth it, good compatibility, with it all coming from the same manufacturer.
My second question is, I have pretty clear skies but suffer from a little light pollution and poor seeing. Would it initially be worth buying an H-Alpha filter to compliment the LRGB set? I have no problem with the longer exposures needed for the narrowband filter.