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Focal Reducers * Mallincam MFR5 II: 2 piece with 4 optical elements total. One piece is 0.8X and the other 0.5X and each can be used separately or together. Add optional spacers between the elements or behind to get different focal ratios. I can not get below ~f/4 without noticeable vignetting. * Celestron f/6.3: Focal reducer and field flattener for an SCT with a 0.63X reduction. Meade f/6.3: Focal reducer and field flattener for an SCT with a 0.63X reduction. SVBONY f/5: 1.25" x 0.5 focal reducer. Inexpensive but should work fine for the beginner.
Mini-PC *Beelink U57 MiniPc: Intel Core i5-5257u Windows 10 Pro, 8G RAM 128G SSD. This is the one I use in the field to control my setup running The Sky X. Much lower power used vs my 15.4" laptop.
Video & USB Cables *Infinte Cables: I really like these 75ohm RG59 videocables. Low loss, highly flexible in cold weather, gold platted, strain relieved connectors. Come with BNC connector at both ends or RCA connector on one end. * Zengineering: Custom cables for Mallincam cameras, including video/power, camera control or all-in-one. *WEme: 32ft USB 3.0 active extension cable. I use this to extend the computer connection to my MyT 32 ft away *IoGear: 39ft USB 2.0 extension cable with built in amplifier. Can daisy chain 3 for 107ft total length. Amazon.
Video Capture Device * Pinnacle Dazzle: This has always worked for me without fail. Mid-price range. Larger footprint. * Mallincam MCV-E1: Most expensive one that I have seen or used. Has VDVE control. Mallincam MCV-1: More expensive than Dazzle, but smaller footprint. Rev. Imager USB Capture: Least expensive one I have found known to work. DVR: DVR with a 2.7" LCD and the ability to save videos and photos on the supplied 16 gigabyte SD card. Other: There are many versions of USB video capture devices available on Amazon and Ebay but these can be a crap shoot as to whether or not it will work with you setup. If you go this route, check the forums for advice.
Video Capture & Camera Control Software * Miloslick MC Control: Controls camera settings for all Mallincam cameras except the Micro and Super. Capture images, stack, histogram, real-time dark frame subtraction, etc.. Will provide image display and capture for other cameras, but will not control them. *Stephane's MC Control: Free. Designed to work with many Mallincam cameras. Provides many of the same but not all the features of Miloslick. Will also display and capture images of other cameras. I used this exclusively for a year before purchasing Miloslick. An excellent program. *SharpCap: Free. Does not control analog cameras, but will provide image display, capture, stacking, histogram, etc. Will control USB cameras along with everything else.
C-Mount Adapters * Mallincam: Threaded for filters. Came with my cameras. Available in 1.25" and 2". SVBONY: Inexpensive but works! Threaded for filters, internal threading for baffling. 1.25. RS232-USB Adapters *TrippLite Keyspan: The model 19HS always works for me. I use it to connect the camera control cable to a PC and also to connect the mount control cable to a PC. Books * The New CCD Astronomy by Ron Wodaski: this book remains the bible for astrophotography despite being last published in 2002. It explains all the key concepts necessary to understand how to get great images. * The Deep Sky Imaging Primer by Charles Bracken: Packed with all the information you need to understand how digital cameras work, noise sources, choosing the right equipment and post processing techniques * Getting Started: Long Exposure Astrophotography by Allan Hall: This book covers everything you need to get started taking astro images * Astrophotography by Thierry Legault: Well know as an astrophotographer, Thierry shares his insights into what it takes to be a successful astrophotographer