I used my MallinCam Micro camera when I initially began using my SkyProdigy 130, which is still a good beginner video astronomy camera. Since I have recently been testing with my SkyProdigy mount, I decided to try using my advanced MallinCam DS2.3+ on the 130mm (5.1”) F5 Newtonian telescope that came with my SkyProdigy. The DS2.3+ has a 13.4mm chip with 5.86 pixel size at 1920x1200 resolution.
When I first put the DS2.3+ into the eyepiece holder on the 130 Newtonian, I found there was not enough inward travel to bring it into focus. I removed the DS2.3+, unscrewed the 1.25" eyepiece holder and realized I could screw on a T2 T to C Adapter in its place. I have a Solomark adapter I recently purchased on Amazon for $13, and screwed it on.
I plugged my USB3 cable into the DS2.3+, secured the cable to the telescope, and I was ready to give it a try.
Like I described in my previous 10/28/2017 post, I used the SkyBT and SkySafari on an Android tablet to slew to targets. I should note that since the SkyProdigy is an entry level Alt-Az mount, you do have to be patient for a few seconds after slewing to an object while its tracking overcomes any backlash, thus eliminating star trails and stabilizing the image.
The DS2.3+ is a good match to the 130mm F5 Newtonian without any focal reducers. Here are some image captures (no post processing) with exposure set at 10 seconds, no filters. And this is near a city where sky glow is an issue. I had the histogram set at 50 for the upper end, with gain set at 25 and used a matching dark frame. I only adjusted the lower end for the histogram as needed to get a black background.
M11 Wild-Duck Cluster
M27 Dumbbell Nebula
M57 Ring Nebula
I liked how well the DS2.3+ worked with the 130mm Newtonian at F5 - just the camera and telescope - no reducers or filters. The chip size of the DS2.3+ worked nicely with it and provided a wide FOV.