Recommended Settings

It's hard to recommend the ideal settings of a camera because they depend on your particular conditions and the target that you are imaging. However, here are some pointers to help you get started:

  • Dew Heater
    Unless you live in a very dry area, it's convenient to have it ON.
  • Target Dew Heater Strength
    Depending on your weather. If you live in a dry place, keep it OFF. If you live in a very humid area like Florida, rise it to 4.
  • Offset
    100 is a good starting point.
  • Conversion Gain (HCG vs. LCG)
    It depends on your target and the trade-off between how much dynamic range you want and how long you can make your sub-exposures before getting elongated stars or star trails. You can start by using HCG and see how it feels. 
    If you want maximum dynamic range, you have excellent tracking, and you can spend a lot of time on a target, then try LCG.
  • Ultra mode or Low Noise
    ON is preferred, it provides a higher signal-to-noise ratio, at the expense of a lower frame rate. Although, if you are doing lucky imaging and need a higher frame rate, it should be OFF.
  • High Fullwell Mode
    ON is nice.
  • Fan Speed
    This setting is only visible in soe of the native camera integrations (e.g., NINA). It should always be 1 while the TE cooler is running.
  • Gain
    If you have excellent tracking, your target is bright, and you want maximum dynamic range, use 100.
    However, If your target is dark, your tracking gives you elongated stars and you have no way to improve it; then raise the gain in order to shorten the sub-exposures until the stars are round. Keep in mind that this will reduce your dynamic range, but you still will be able to get decent images.
  • Temperature
    We recommend cooling the sensor down to just 0 degrees Celsius because below this temperature there is diminished return, and you'll be subjecting the sensor to thermal stress unnecessarily. However; if the environment temperature outdoors is below zero Celsius, you may want to cool down the sensor at a lower temperature in order to maintain a stable and known temperature value that you can match later when creating dark frames. 
    We do not recommend using the camera with the TE cooler OFF because the camera can get very hot.

To better understand each setting, please consult the pages dedicated to each setting.