Altair Astro enters planetary imaging market with a cheaper ASI120 counterpart
When ASI120 and QHY5L-II prices are kept at around 300 EUR a new competitor enters the market at a much lower prices of around 200 EUR. Altair Astro GPCAM equipped with the same MT9M034 as in ASI120MM/MC may clean up all of the
entry level planetary cameras and more.
GPCAM is a small camera that fits 1,25" eyepiece holders or finder-guidescopes. It has ST4 port for guiding but it's a Solar System camera, just like ASI120. It's not based on a hot new sensor, bu the well known MT9M034.
The key feature of this camera is much lower price of around 200 EUR (astromarket.org). ASI or QHY cost around 300 EUR. With such low price GPCAM can clean up the entry level market where Celestron Neximage line or ASI034 thrive.
The camera is supported by SharpCap, while Metaguide is in the works (needs more work than PHD). Currently it's not supported by FireCapture. Altair Astro can provide SDK access and support to anyone interested.