Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:12 PM
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:44 PM
Yep, and I'll "sticky" it at the top!! Provide pix and they'll be here...
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:21 PM
But look at the fun I'll have when the weather clears up
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:46 PM
The clunker equipment includes laptops for scope control, star charts, internet image lookups, and musical ambiance. A PC with CRT monitor is used for image capture, and the 12" b/w monitor is primary observing screen. I use a program called Synergy to share a keyboard and mouse across all systems. The Little People "Fill-n-Go!" garage is for keeping me occupied between exposures.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:49 PM
Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:09 AM
Which system is that?
Sorry about that. :o It's the older version Mallincam Hyper Color. Which I've not yet become familiar with. Attached to a Meade LX200R 14". And all the talk about high resolution monitors and all I have used so far is a old 12" RCA T.V.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:10 AM
B/W MallinCam PRO ULTRA upgraded 2.1 to 56 sec. with peltier cooler and wires remote control.Radio Shack 9" DVD player ,also DVD recorder.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:04 AM
Here are a few photos of my rig.
Takahashi Epsilon 160 Astrograph
GStar-EX CCD Integrating Video Camera
DigitalMedia MP4 Recorder.
Keep the photos coming!
Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:41 AM
Heres is my video camera that actually gets the most use. It is a GStar-EX B&W that has a 2.6mm lens attached. It use to monitor where the scope is pointing and where the dome's slit is. It is attached to the side of a SV102APO.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:28 AM
I went the "bottom feeder" route a couple times. I used VNC via wireless to control my laptop out by the scope which was running autostar and an LPI, from the ancient PC in my office. Kinda funny thinking that the scope was about 50 feet away, yet the computer control was going miles and miles to some server, who knows where, back to my router and then broadcast to my laptop out in the cold... while I was inside toasty warm.
Like I say, a bottom feeder application, but it worked, I could see and image Saturn remotely and control the scope
Posted 13 December 2007 - 04:22 PM
Here is a link to what I was able to do because I had a suitable video system. I was able to broadcast via the Discovery Channel, the total lunar eclipse 28th August, live as it happened together with two other widely separated observatories, to the rest of the world. Follow the link and follow each hyper link for the full story.And how The Imaging Source in Germany, sponsored my part by donating a 1/2" colour firewire camera.
Eventually, a DVD will be produced of the entire project.
Links to various albums which show many of my video / telescope systems:
Posted 13 December 2007 - 05:39 PM
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:40 PM
Matthew: I purchased the wireless video transmitter/receiver from www.vfmstore.com and purchased optional high gain antenna but often I use the small stock antenna with no problem. I am sending the signal about 40 feet, to my living room. The signal goes through the exterior wall of the house but I also have a window and keep the receiver near the window. There isn't direct line of sight but the transmission is still strong and stable. I have used the system without having the receiver near the window and it still works. You can order the transmitter/receiver on a 2.4 or 1.2 Ghz signal.
I hate the cold but love the winter targets, this is the way to go when it's too cold out there.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:40 PM
I've used the camera for guiding, out reach and to capture some images (just to show what it can do).
It's a fun piece of equipment.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:48 PM
It's really cool to see video astro start to be discovered by so many people (and get it's own place on the forum too!)!! I've had a lot of fun in the almost 4 years I've been using mine, and I'm still on ancient tech compared to what is available today.
If anyone is interested in seeing the various things I've done with mine (using various different scopes), have a look in the photos section of the forums here:
Some really cool looking setups you guys all have BTW!
Posted 14 December 2007 - 04:11 AM