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Robin Leadbeater

Does it mean I should stick with 1X1 or is the camera a poor match for this short FL

Hi Kevin

Keeping in mind that I am only a casual photometrist and perhaps more experienced observers can comment, but my understanding is undersampling (ie less than 2-3 pixels relative to the star image FWHM) can be problematic for photometry. So on that basis I would say you should not bin unless your seeing is worse than 5 arcsec and if your in focus star image under good seeing is smaller than 2.6 arcsec FWHM you might have to consider mitigating measures even when unbinned. The AAVSO manual also discusses this in section 3.2.2 – 3.2.3